I’ve been creating site specific installations of my Bone Series for exhibits and in my own studio and they’ve gotten a really positive response from viewers but they are a little hard to imagine in your own space. So I’ve been trying to think up a way to make them easier to place and the other day with A LOT of help from my friends/talented studio neighbors I think I’ve got a prototype in the works. The plan was to create a metal frame with hidden welded loops for connecting the Bone Series webs to and also to hang it on the wall. The hope is that the pieces will still float off the wall, cast beautiful shadows and create a dynamic visual contrast of organic ceramic forms with geometric negative space shapes from the cables.
Here’s the first attempt and while it’s just a prototype and there are still things to tweak, I’m pretty darn happy with the results!
Much thanks to Lucia Bruer who welded all the parts together and talked through the plan with me, to Jamie Abbott for the use of his studio, equipment and patient teaching and to Roy Holmberg for his skillful eye on the whole process.
It seriously takes a village to raise an artist. So grateful.
Here’s this week’s share from the Cruz Family:
“I am amazed by how each piece is intricately made. And, these two pieces look like they were meant to be together. One is growing and exploring out of its shell. The other one is still nesting and carefully watching.
These two pieces are suspended by hidden wires placed high on my loft’s wall. They cast different shadows depending on the time of day. They are very cool and one of a kind, I love them.”
I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece, if you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me! Thanks for sharing!
Last summer these two sculptures from the Bone Series were hanging out on a shipwreck under the Atlantic Ocean and now they are beautifully displayed in the Arias-Kolb home surrounded by a lot of other incredible art works. I love how these pieces have a pulsating energy to them, if jellyfish had bones, this might be what they look like.
I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece. If you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me! Thanks for sharing!
Houzz is an online platform for designers, contractors and artists to share their creative ideas with homeowners. Think of it as Pinterest, just for your house.
I’ve recently started a Houzz page to share my work as residential installations. If your home is featured here, I’d love a recommendation.
If my work is in your home and I haven’t documented it yet, I’d love to capture my art in your space. Email me to arrange a photo shoot!
Take a look to get ideas for your space!
I’ve been playing with new compositions of some lichen shaped forms lately. I’m imagining them to be wall mounted and curve in a way that they appear to be crawling or growing along the wall. Thoughts?
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Two new photoshoots of work installed at residences are now up on the site! Take a peek at work on Valencia Road and Aptos Hills. This is a great way to imagine how a sculpture or installation might work in your space.
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One of the best things about being an artist is that you get to know a lot of other talented artists in your community and sometimes you get to trade or buy work from each other. I have work from a number of Santa Cruz based artists in my collection that I love and I’ve realized that they are some of the most valuable things I own. This weekend, I got to install my friend and favorite artist, Susana Arias‘ work in my home. This wood fired ceramic oar above my front window is over 8’ long and looks as if it has been unearthed from the depths of the ocean. I’ve been so in love with these pieces from her Sailmaker series since I first laid eyes on them, so excited to finally have one of my own!
I got the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite homes in Santa Cruz in order to shoot some work that has lived there for quite a few years now. Its modern, earthy, cozy, minimalist and filled with art… I could move in tomorrow! Enjoy some pics from the photo shoot in my Residential Installations portfolio…