Its Good To Be Back.
The generous people at Ondarte International Artist Residency have been good enough to invite me back for a second month, and have also provided tools and materials. I think that almost counts as a grant. (Should probably talk to someone about that, and scoop some resume cred.)
So it is back to stone and steel, my familiar ground. I’ve been drilling and glueing steel rods into stones, then welding them into a single piece. What piece, you ask? Well I’m glad you did.
“A Good Egg”
is the name of the work. It will be a nine-foot
sphere. A hybrid, with “exoskeletal” steel rods
holding up the lower half, and internal steel hosting the top.
The piece is intended as a gift from the Ondarte Residency to
the turtle population of Akumal. Wish you had heard me trying
to explain how futile gestures are the most sacred ones at the
artists talk. It was pretty much a futile gesture.
No, the turtles will not “get it”. But making the piece for them
will matter, in some magical land where futile gestures are
stored and counted and saved and treasured.
Work has been fun
and so far, wrinkle free,
as long as you don’t
count the wrinkles.
Progress as of a few days ago…