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Return (with heart beat sounds), by Yuriko Yamaguchi, 8′ x 12′ x 12′

Resin, stainless steel, wire, 4 speakers, 4 sensors

I’m a recent fan of the work of Yuriko Yamaguchi, but I’m a big one. When I first came across her sculptures and installations, I was simply in awe.

Return (detail)

I cannot imagine what it would be like to witness these in person.

23″ x 37″ x 9″ Resin, wire

Bubble #1
Vinyl tube and resin

Web #8, 5’x7’x3′
Resin and wire

I love her use of wire armatures to suspend various resin shapes. This is the kind of work I aspire to make one day! Until then, I will continue to be inspired by Yuriko Yamaguchi’s amazing talent. See much more here.


Logic, ice sculpture by Nicole Dextras

Nicole Dextras creates large-scale typographical ice sculpture installations as commentary on various settings and environments. I like this one in particular, juxtaposing the word “logic” with the stump of what was surely once a breathtaking tree.

After stumbling upon this artwork this morning, I realized how little work and inspiration I have shared on this site in the past few months. I apologize for my silence. 2011 was a big year: I embarked on my first artist residency, exhibited two solo shows, and fulfilled my duties as the 2011 Emerging Artist Fellow. And in news that most likely explains the bulk of the reason for my lack of posts recently, I have spent much of 2011 preparing mind, heart, and body for the welcoming of my first child in about a month. 2012 is bound to be another amazing year, both personally and for my artwork. I cannot wait to see how this new stage of life manifests itself creatively. Thanks for sticking with me, and look for more soon!

Remember this image? I finally decided to get started on the body of work it inspired. I began by making more little houses out of wax and paper. First it started with lots of cut paper.

I folded, waxed, and shaped the paper until it became a house.

And soon a whole neighborhood appeared!

There are many, many more to come. The work is started, and I am pleased.

After a two-week residency and teaching a weekend encaustic retreat in Washington, I am finally back home in Indiana. My head is full of ideas, and I cannot wait to get to work on all the inspiration I soaked up while I was gone. The last thing I worked on before leaving was developing a prototype for some larger work. It started with dipping paper in wax and delicately sewing pieces together.

Next I wanted to see what it looked like illuminated, so I turned off the lights and set it on top of a light table.

I wanted to go for a slightly crooked, imperfect look, which is why I tore the paper instead of cutting it, but this was a little too wonky. I also wanted more wax and more light. So I set to creating a stencil for a second prototype.

This involved some math (the pythagorean theorem). I might have been called a nerd for this. I cut the house out of one shape, folded it, and adhered it together with wax. This time, the stitches were only visible when lit.

This was getting closer to what I wanted. I didn’t get the look I was going for until I finally turned off all the lights except for the concentrated point underneath.

When I pulled this image off of my camera later, it was an a-ha moment. This is what I wanted. Now I cannot wait to take this idea and run with it. I am so inspired by the meaning held in simple materials like paper, wax, and string.

Yesterday I had the chance to explore the Seattle Art Museum. Getting to see the Nick Cave exhibit was a real highlight. Even though his work is almost nothing like my own, I couldn’t help but walk away inspired by his use of everyday materials, the human form, sound, and motion. His work is part performance, part sculpture, part fashion, and there something about it that is instantly relatable, despite how bizarre it might look. His work is just something you have to see in person.

See more here.

I want to be an artist when I grow up. I quit my job to try it. I will chronicle the results here.

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