Culti-facture

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Culti-facture
cast aluminum
12.5” x 6.5” x 7.5”
2015

Culti-facture

Oftimes, those who view artworks wonder how the idea for a piece originated. For me, germination typically occurs with emotion stirred by facts, yet sometimes I allow myself to begin a project by selecting a material and simply working with it to coax from it what it has to say. One of my recent forays using this method brought forth Culti-facture.

Culti-facture was born of a block of polystyrene foam and a knife. I began cutting thin, rectangular wafers, then other forms and joined them. I buried the piece, complete with sprues, upsidedown in sand. Using a displacement method, I cast the piece in aluminum. After cleaning it and removing excess material, it still wasn’t fully realized. I placed a cutting wheel on my right angle grinder and simply indulged myself. The blossom emerged and with it the symbolism inherent in a metal flower—the idea that technology of cultivation may drive us beyond the natural order.


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