While I was living in Bushwick a friend was living in a loft space that used to be a mirror factory. When the factory owners left, they also left boxes full of mirrors. This seemed to be routine when people vacated a building, as the loft space I was in used to be a doll factory, and the basement was filled with doll molds. One defintion of creepy is rummaging through a dark basement and encountering thousands of rusted molds of body parts. As molds, the heads in particular were creepy since they only had holes for the eyes. Anyway, my friend knew I experimented with different materials and asked if I wanted any mirrors. Of course I said yes, and I drove up, loading as many boxes as I could without destroying the suspension.
Armed with all sorts of mirrors, the question became what to do with them? I tend to look at things differently from others, and the mirrors were no exception. Rather than using them as is, I decided that mirrors have much more interesting textural and reflective properties when broken. Around this time I was also playing around with concrete. A few years later, I developed this series, which is a culmination of my work with broken mirrors and working with molds and casts.
In man’s conquering nature, technology is used as the medium of choice. Out of ever increasingly complex devices and structures, man recreates nature, yet this new version is strikingly dissimilar to the effortless beauty that nature produces. In modeling nature, we strip it of its organic essence, imparting upon it a stark humanism.
moss i + ii
Materials: Polyester resin, mirrors, dirt
Dimensions: 297 mm x 297 mm x 18 mm, 297 mm x 297 mm x 19 mm
sustenance i + ii + iii
Materials: Polyester resin, pork ribs, mirrors
Dimensions: 190 mm x 100 mm x 60 mm, 190 mm x 140 mm x 60 mm, 190 mm x 140 mm x 65 mm
Materials: Aluminum, plexiglass, bolts
Dimensions: 2′ x 2′ x 2′