Marker, recycled plastic, wax, and rebar 2015

Marker
2015, recycled plastic, wax, rebar
"Marker" began with inspiration from many road trips radiating out from Los Angeles across the desert.  I’ve always been fascinated by the vast emptiness of the desert and the way it allows you to focus on small details in the landscape.  In particularly, I’m interested in things that are in a state of flux:  the plastic stuck on roadside fences, tumbleweeds, a sudden downpour on a dusty road.
 
I spent about two years experimenting with materials to come up with the combination of recycled plastic, wax and acrylic that forms the white pieces of the sculpture.  My goal was to transfix liquid into a form that was solid.  These pieces look fragile – like fabric or even like seaweed – and it is that fragility, along with the way that they capture the light and move with the wind, that makes them interesting to me.  As a whole, they conjure ghostly images, especially when viewed at night:  a frozen waterfall, the mast of a lost ship, a floating apparition.
 
This sculpture is called "Marker" with all that that word implies: a grave site, a cataloguing of something ephemeral, and most importantly to me, a stamp or record of this exact point and place in time, a memorial to the elements, the weather, the world as we knew it.

Marker, recycled plastic, wax, and rebar 2015

Marker, recycled plastic, wax, and rebar 2015

Marker, close-up of materials

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