Scale is No Issue

Central to my concept of creating

Foundlings is the exploration of contrasts — old versus new, abstract versus realistic, broken versus whole, and machine made versus nature.

It is the natural elements that are

frequently the focal point of my work. The beauty of nature can be found in the tiniest seed pod or in the delicacy of a fragile bone. At times, the natural element is less a literal ingredient and more a representation of a natural ingredient.

I came across a large brass bowl in the shape of a lettuce leaf in a thrift store. The beauty was so obvious and its brass coloring was perfect for my work but its size concerned me. Not unlike the large brass lizard I had found ages ago, finding a home for this bowl would be difficult (it took years but the lizard finally found its way into one of my favorite pieces).

I had always assumed that a large element needed a large context. It turns out that this is just another one of my preconceived notions that I need to dispel. It seems that a large object just needs a kind of logic that makes the element placement look like it was meant to be rather than merely a scale issue. I still may need a frame around this leaf, not to make the work larger but to anchor the work together. I just need to keep reminding myself that scale is not the issue.

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