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COUNTERFEIT NATURE

My fear is that one day most nature will be man-made. Copies already infiltrate our daily lives; thus, we find faux rock, dress fake Christmas trees, walk on synthetic grass, use chemically treated recomposed wood and ski on snow that doesn’t melt! This body of work focuses on nature and its mimicry. Using composite materials, I construct pieces that only upon slow and close inspection will the spectators realize that the materials are foreign to nature and that they have been tricked. Other times I obsessively rearrange natural elements to create freaks of nature.

“FAKE MUSSEL BED”   Medium : Flattened, pierced, bent, painted bottle-caps sewn onto linen, then covered with resin and black diamond quartz, which covers a wooden base with black canvas and tennis balls. Size : 50 inches High x 27 inches Wide x 4 inches Deep   Date : 2017

Sculpture at the Laudholm Reserve in Wells, Maine. Title: “NUCELLA LAPILLUS”: Nature’s Marvels series  Medium:  Exterior Sculpture, using marine epoxy, individually glued dog whelks covering a marine piling with metal base. Size : 14 feet high x roughly 3 feet diameter “NUCELLA LAPILLUS” is constructed exclusively of individually epoxied Dog whelks, with no hidden armatures; solid shells which took years to collect and assemble. This work expresses my fear that man is destroying nature and focuses on freaks of nature as a warning.   Date:  2017 Photo credit: Eco Photography/Jerry Monkman

“NUCELLA LAPILLUS” Detail of Sculpture at the Laudholm Reserve in Wells, Maine. Photo credit; Eco photography/Jerry Monkman.

“RED BLOOMING ALGAE” Medium : Flattened, pierced, bent and bottle-caps sewn with thread onto a linen covered metal woven armature Size : 78 inches long x 57 inches wide x 2.3 inches deep  Description : Community project, where local bars gathered the bottle-caps and elderly women from my quilting club helped sew and assemble these manmade elements together, in an attempt to mimic nature. Date : 2011 

 

 

Red Blooming Algae detail

“RED BLOOMING ALGAE” detail

 

 

 

"CLYPEASTEROIDA", sand dollar

“CLYPEASTEROIDA”, sand dollar Flattened, pierced, bent bottlecaps sewn with thread onto linen, lace, enamel paint, on wooden panel 42″ diameter 2012

"RUSTY SHELLS AND LACE" Detail

“RUSTY SHELLS AND LACE” Medium: Flattened pierced, bent, rusty bottlecaps sewn with thread onto linen, with lace, shattered glass, thread and wooden base. Date: 2016

"RUSTY SHELLS AND LACE" Detail

“RUSTY SHELLS AND LACE” Detail

"RUSTY SHELLS AND LACE" Detail stitching

“RUSTY SHELLS AND LACE” Detail stitching

 

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"MYTILUS EDULIS", common mussel

“MYTILUS EDULIS”, common mussel. Medium: lace tablecloth embedded in glass, flattened, pierced, bent bottle-caps sewn with thread onto linen, lace, strings with enamel on canvas. 20″ x 20″ x 2″     2012

« MYTILUS EDULIS », common mussel on lace tablecloth embedded in glass. Flattened, pierced, bent bottlecaps sewn with thread onto linen, lace, strings with enamel on canvas. 50 x 50 x 5cm     2012

 

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