(Tashtego, the Native American harpooner, being reborn from the head of a whale such as Athena was from the head of Zeus)
"Ahab Dreams of Red" / woodblock print / 5" x 7" / february 2014
"The saint who was martyred twice" / sculpey, needlefelting, toothpicks, fabric, graphite / february 2014
"The Whiteness of the Whale" / woodblock print / 2" x 3" / february 2014
"Or is it, that as in essence whiteness is not so much a colour as the visible absence of colour, and at the same time the concrete of all colours; is it for these reasons that there is such a dumb blankness, full of meaning, in a wide landscape of snows — a colourless, all-colour of atheism from which we shrink?" — Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Every once in a blue moon, I experiment with sound. I have an absurd number of instruments that I play very poorly. Here I used front porch noise, piano, guitar, and violin bow on said guitar. Been thinking about string theory and golden retrievers.
"St. Lucia, who had her eyes torn out and was stabbed in the throat" / sculpy, needlefelting / january 2014
Thinking about a series of martyred saints, because I am curious about the dying anatomy of holy men.Needlefelting!!
Erik Satie / clothing, found objects / january 2014
“I eat only white foods: eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals; veal, salt, coconut, chicken cooked in white water; fruit mold, rice, turnips; camphorated sausage, dough, cheese (white), cotton salad, and certain fish (skinless).” Satie, on his composition of Socrate.
"Portrait of Ivan Karamazov" / woodblock print / 6" x 5" / january 2014
“‘Don’t believe it then,’ said the gentleman, smiling amicably, ‘what’s the good of believing against your will? Besides, proofs are no help to believing, especially material proofs. Thomas believed, not because he saw Christ risen, but because he wanted to believe, before he saw.’” Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan’s Devil.
Some influences — Melisa Cadell
Last summer, my sister and her now husband discovered Miss Cadell’s work at the Tipton Gallery in Johnson City, TN. They got me a business card:
Her work is marvelous.
Makes me wish I had the means to sculpt more. Super sculpey will do for now.
Flannery O’Connor / clothing, found objects / december 2013
“Man’s desire for God is bedded in his unconscious & seeks to satisfy itself in physical possession of another human. This necessarily is a passing, fading attachment in its sensuous aspects since it is a poor substitute for what the unconscious is after.” Flannery O’Connor, A Prayer Journal
"Anna Karenininina" / woodblock print / 5" x 4" / december 2013
woodblock printing thank you postcards.
“I remembered Tolstoy’s conception of human life, namely, that man is a manifestation of the spirit of God temporarily imprisoned within the confines of his individual existence and seeking to break out and merge with the souls of others and with God.” Vladimir Chertkov on The Death Of Lev Tolstoy