The logo-like work is….a logo! It’s of Ojo Caliente, one of my favorite places — a hot springs and spa in New Mexico. I think the colored thinset, stone, and smalti capture the colors and textures of this magical place really well.
Ode to the Coccolith pays homage to the confluence of science and art. I refer you to Wikipedia to get the real story on coccoliths, but suffice to say they are composed of calcite and are the main component of chalk deposits in and near the ocean. I was researching “white” to inform my creation of a monochromatic work — and true to my voracious reading and research brain, my search took me deeper and deeper until I became fascinated with the coccolith. Oh, the piece itself is composed on a hand-made substrate, including carving angled and offset pieces of styrofoam for the body of the coccolith.
I was entranced by this piece–until I saw that its composition includes styrofoam. Having an abhorrence toward the material itself, I was immediately put off. But then I thought it might be a great way to transform something as ugly and harmful as styrofoam into art, and this is certainly a beautiful piece of art. Yet distaste for the material lingers, so now I crave to see it in person.
Wow, this is a great piece. The composition is superb. The artist in you is blossoming. I love it!