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Painting: Oil, Plaster, Found Objects, 3D Sculpting on Carbon Fibre.
This extremely textural work is process driven, a streamlined investigation of the natural mechanics that form fossils or sedimentary rock. I am intrigued by the fact that their formation is not governed by design but almost totally by random factors such as the passage of time, decay, erosion and regeneration. Chance is a major factor in all evolution, but its mechanism is very slow. My technique mimics this process but speeds it up and gives it free rein. I sculpt in wax and then make a casting in pigmented grout. Inspired by the marks of burrowing insects and imprints of ancient plant and animal life, as well as found objects and modern refuse, the work makes a relevant anthropological statement for present day and future contemplation. Each piece is a valuable learning experience and a new step in the evolution of my personal creative process. The finished art is heavier than usual work on canvas but the grout portion is only about 1/2 inch thick. I mount it on a 2 inch thick rigid construction strength foam panel. This strong lightweight panel gives the piece strength while reducing the overall weight of the art. It comes framed and can be hung on standard drywall construction with the included hardware.