The largest piece in the current show I have at University of Portland is a work I’ve been plugging away on for some time entitled, “Surrender Everything.” For the work, I wanted to create sculptural figures that were a bit more dominant than they can often be in my work. I was pleased with the results. It took some negotiating as to how to piece it together, but through a lot of screws, and deciding to bolt the figures to the base, we had success.
If you look at an earlier post I wrote on St. Jerome you can see a painting that has the lion I based mine on for this work, along with one of the images of Jerome I was looking at to create the large wooden figure. The lion is a development of the gouache and watercolor images I have been doing smaller over the years that I would also create temporary versions of on gallery walls.
I wondered what would happen if I actually made a illuminated manuscript type figure large, that is actually a physical part of the piece. He very much “speaks his mind” in the work visually, and I like how he references too the folk tradition of wooden cut outs.
Hope your Sunday is going well. Hope to see you at the closing reception a week from Thursday (the 3rd) at University of Portland (from 5-7).