It’s a simple shape but it really struck me as just right. I bent the steel, looked at it, and said aloud, “That’s it”. Amazing how that happens.
I had to rework this one. Originally it had a really great patina but then rusted out. It was very mediocre. I ground it down and blued it. Followed by some paint and a sealant. I really like how this one ended up.
Not entirely sure why but I was really inspired by Matisse’s Reclining Nude painting. I got a mailer and for the show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts now and just hit me. I couldn’t do anything else until I got to the studio and did it. It was strange — a compulsion.
I like how it came out. Who doesn’t like nudes?
It now has a great patina and is sealed.
I’ve been on this jag for cubes. From straight-up cubes like Cube Farmer, to exploded cubes with Reclining Nude, Fractal Performer and Jackson Pollack’s Cubist Nightmare. Nessie is the last in that series. For now.
I won’t tell you what I saw but it rhymes with hat and is black and annoys the hell out of me in the morning when I’m trying to sleep. And likes to cuddle up between my legs at night.
Jackson Pollack’s Cubist Nightmare
I had major fun with this one. I want to do an entire series of sculptures that plays off well-known painters. Did this one and one inspired by Matisse — Reclining Nude.
These are seriously a kick to do.
I never know where I’ll find inspiration. This one came out of left field. I won’t tell you as this one really can be different things to different people.