Featured here is a specialty multimedia box I was commissioned to make as a gift for a woman who has lived and breathed by the passion of her belief in art’s ability to create enormous social and developmental impact, and who has dedicated her life to its flowering.
For this work, I decided to use a 16″ wide Tenk Hardware Co. seed box from the 50s. This afforded me the chance to use the increasingly widening partitioned spaces (relating to the value of its four originally housed seed types) to showcase what I arrived at being the four most important sectors of my subject’s life, according to their “rank” or priority. Perhaps such ranking is futile. One’s major loves may hold equal space in the heart. But extensive research on my subject had me feel convinced that the widest space of this box needed to be allotted to her family; herself as a mother, a sister, and a daughter en route from Cleveland to New York, and those journeys that took place in-between. It could be seen as cluttered, this room I created. It’s intended to be as chaotic as raising a big family can be, yet bursting with the same colorful rewards that go along with it.
Next at left is the “dining room” representing my subject’s love of artists, and the home entertaining she is known for. This room I papered and decorated in works from her own personal collection, as well as persons in the arts who have held significance for her, simply but a few to represent the many.
Next at left is… MORE
I was approached on Facebook last summer by an undeniably sharp, eccentric, enthusiastically maternal, and creatively driven woman named Elana. She was interested in having a turning point in her life memorialized in matchbox form. Having moved to Berkeley for her husband’s job, and having focused much of her energy into helping her son Maxie overcome speech and sociability challenges in his formative years, Elana was ready to start fueling herself from the inside out with a progressive business direction that mattered to her and that was born of her own terms; one that could hone her talents for writing, design, and the conceptual realms of life she is so clearly fluent in.
To read about my process behind this work, and to see 30 close-up stills, just CLICK! MORE
Featured here is a commissioned piece made for my youngest client yet, 6-year-old Maxie from Berkeley! Maxie’s Mom Elana (of THE ELANA BOX) wanted to gift her son with a unique preschool graduation gift, as she was so proud of the social flexibility and ease he was able to develop for himself throughout the year (and because she is smitten with him).
Some fun facts about Maxie: he likes to get to the bottom of MORE
You have probably developed an idea about me and the kind of artist I am. I’m inspired to whimsically translate the stories of others in miniature form, to fuse intensity with transcendent elements or humor, and by the perfection of the shape of some stain on the sidewalk…
So like the disclaimers offered when a viewer is about to experience adult content, I feel the need to alert you, my faithful readers, to the fact that the multi-media work I’ll be unleashing going forward is about to get uncommonly raw and personal; beginning with this post, and then continuing a month out from now.
I feel it’s important to tell you that I will completely understand and respect any need you may have to unsubscribe from my posts if what I share proves uncomfortable for you or off-putting in any way, given the man you may in fact know and love, who has obviously and regrettably fueled my new direction.
As an artist I am wired to express my experiences to the world in a way uncensored. I cannot rob myself or others grappling with the same kind of experience I’ve been enduring of the chance to break through to greener pastures. It seems the only way to them is by fully embracing and releasing the emotional muds that accompany their surrounding territory. Everything I share will be born of pure respect for life and how we choose to move through what it dishes us as powerfully and as completely as we can.
For those of you who will stay onboard with me, I hope you’ll come to appreciate the universality of the themes I’ll be exploring, and I thank you for your continued interest.
So from here on in, please follow of your own volition, keeping in mind what I’ve said. If you wish to begin experiencing the honest landscape of my recent experiences, simply CLICK.
Thank you for having followed my work all of these years, no matter your decision to now stay or go. It has meant a great deal to me to have your eyes and your support. MORE
Featured here is a 360 degree box commissioned as a gift for a man who has been of tremendous value in my life, and a source of great support, for the past five years.
There are a lot of people convincing themselves that they prioritize family above all else, when any outsider could show them how they’re falling short. But I can say with 100% accuracy that Dale really does live to ensure his family’s happiness.
I have experienced firsthand how the commitment Dale brings to his home, combined with that of his truly incredible wife, has positively shaped their 10-year-old son; a child filled with more humor, warmth, smarts, generosity, animation, and self-security than I’ve experienced in any other child. To witness this family is to walk away trusting in family’s power. If and when I have my own child, that child will benefit from the greater openness and flexibility I have developed simply by having shared time with this unique gang of three!
CLICK to read more about Dale’s interests and to see detailed shots from all sides of this box. MORE