"Brokedwon Palace" Installation view at The Appleton Art Museum, Biennial 2014 Outside the Box
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Cypress and Briwax
Sometimes the smallest details can have as big of an impact on our future as a major life event. What happens to the rest of those moments, all the ones that slip through the cracks in our memory? So much of what shapes our lives goes unnoticed or seemingly disappears. Brokedown Palace is a reflection on the first 16 years of my life with each sculpture representing a year filled with all the incredible and insignificant moments engrained, stained, and twisted into the day to day. Just as unconventionally shaped and blended the first half of my life was, so too was my process for creating a visual representation of that path. From utilizing the scrap cypress wood from a local table maker, to stacking and ultimately shaping the forms one foot at a time on the spindle sander, I gave new life to this otherwise disregarded yet perfectly beautiful wood.