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Uploaded on Jan 26, 2011
This was an installation in the Off Center Gallery at the University of Montana.
The inspiration for this piece comes from actual events. Imagine running in the dark, during a cool summer night in northern Michigan, and flying through the air is a flaming 2x4;WACK!!! The 2x4 connects with your head. All memories have an impact on one's life and leave a mark that can be both psychological and physical. It is the physicality of this memory that is recreated in this block of clay.
The clay becomes the surrogate for this action. Clay is the ideal material because of its ability to capture an action in its totality. I want the viewer to come to a place of calm, which is then violated by the flame and sound of impact. Through this interruption I am asking the viewers to place themselves with in the piece and assimilate with my memory.