I began working on this piece a few months ago. The bone is part of a horse jaw bone and I recently cast an aluminum metal version of it. For several years, my work has been exploring the contrast and balance between industrial and organic materials. After my own hip replacement last year, I’m getting to experience this journey of organic biology blended with industrial technology on a much more intimate level. As I mentioned in a previous post, the approach to my work is shifting as a result of these changes in my life. It’s exciting for me to watch that unfold in my work.
The horse jaw bone and it’s aluminum casting counterpart are embedded into the gray concrete. The tip of each jawbone encounters a round recessed area. On the left side are metal gears and piston ring which contain a small bird egg nested in grass. The recess on the right contains a large seed pod with a copper domed center. The pod is nested among metal piston rings. Three dried saguaro bones tether from underneath the concrete panel. Used machine parts, metal scraps and spent bullets share space with found wood, glass vials containing plant and soil, along with palo verde seeds and eucalyptus buds nailed into hand-crafted copper domes.
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