Hopefully, this is the year that I can get my degree done.
Towards this goal, I have put many engagements and projects on hold. The idea is to do less better, but I have a feeling that the degree work is already a great deal to get done.
For the degree, I am working on making some small glass and steel shipping containers that will stand alone as separate objects or collect to become a singular significant sculptural scale work.
In February, I was fortunate enough to present a talk at the 2015 Ausglass Conference in Adelaide. I hope the talk was good for the audience; I know that the conference was a great one for me.
And lastly, I have also made a handful of works for two different series. The first half-a-handful of works are what will be the last pieces for the Watertower Series. For this set, I have tried something a little new...
With previous Watertower works, the drawn/painted imagery circumvented the entire glass form. The idea for this was that the imagery rendered on each was the imagined landscape surrounding the tower.
For these particular pieces, I have drawn/painted the imagery to cover only half of the forms and to fade at its edges. Within each of the scenes there is a water tower depicted within. The shape of the glass and the form of the metal base has been made to mimic the tower in the image. This is done in the hope to make each Watertower becomes the remaining reserve of itself -- in image and form. With this idea, each piece in this small collection of Watertowers has been titled "Still Held". These works will be the last of this series. I feel this is a fitting finale given the fact that these vernacular forms no longer exist upon the range of my own horizon and therefore pay homage to a time and place when they had.
The other set is the first work for a new series (the Watertank Series). I feel these works are a natural progression from the Watertower Series, but relate more specifically to the scene and scope of my southern horizons. This series utilizes an emblem of the everyday from areas that stretch far beyond urban boundaries and their resources. The rendered idea of each water tank’s available supply is made to also present an event that is equal in duration to the time it will take to draw down its remaining reserve.
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