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Lockdown 2021

18” x 18” x 18” (sphere only, chain is variable)

As I write this it is the spring of 2021.  The Covid-19 virus has kept us all isolated or inhibited in some way or another for over a year.  Vaccines are now available, and we’re starting to see glimpses of a return to “normal” life, though for many of us this means further disruptions in our attempts to create the basic life patterns that we depend on for mental health.  With this piece I’m hoping to avoid the political bickering, and just provide an image that I hope we can all relate to: This thing has been a burden to us all, good riddance!

More photos here.

I first met Chris Siracuse, the host of the podcast “Greener Us” years ago when he was producing his film “Found” which was a short documentary he made about me and my work. His podcast explores broader issues around environmental conservation, something Im particularly interested in. Our conversation explored this topic in general, and how it figures into my studio practice of using found materials.

You can listen on apple podcasts here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reimagining-junk/id1559125401?i=1000515151793

Or spotify here:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4xQmPNln1T7qBUStZ7164t?si=XAQgyh6USl–D_QRdRTrbw

Near the end of 2020, when I had just finished moving into a new studio in Oakland CA, I had the privilege of being featured on the History Channel show: Assembly Required with Tim Allen, Richard Karn, and April Wilkerson.  It was a competition build show, so naturally I lost.  Still, it was nice to represent Makers to a broader audience, and it was a cool way to break in my new work space.  You can watch the episode here:

https://play.history.com/shows/assembly-required/season-1/episode-2