So much to report on what’s going on with my work this fall/winter! Can barely keep up on the exhibitions and holiday events, but I will do my best to get it all down here. First, and foremost, I made a brand new recycled art piece, non-LEGO for a change of pace. Encrypted is a set of 3 brooches in a wall environment that was made specifically for the National Ornamental Metal Museum‘s exhibition “Remake/Remodel” Nov 13, 2009- Jan 31, 2010 (see image, left). An invitational show, artists were asked to select a piece from NOMM’s Permanent Collection and then reinterpret the work into new pieces. I choose an iron coffer from Germany, 1650 as I found the locking mechanism on the inside of the lid very ornate with beautiful shapes (see image below).
Here is my artist statement for Encrypted:
“Computers are the “coffers” of the 21st century. They hold everything personal such as family photos, finances, and work projects stored for prosperity inside a hard drive. They serve as our portal to the outside world where we conduct “secure” business with others via encrypted systems and passwords. Private data can shared securely with others electronically via “keys” which lock (encrypt) and unlock data. While someone can physically steal a computer, they cannot gain access to the treasures within as long as the system has been Encrypted.
The computer components and circuitry in Encrypted were compiled from abandoned and damaged computers found in the street or donated by friends. Created as a companion piece to an iron German Coffer (1650) from the National Ornamental Metal Museum’s Permanent Collection. The decorative quality of the iron coffer’s internal lid locking mechanisms informed the design of the three brooches; the coffer’s wood base inspired the layered wall environment for the brooches to rest.” * * * * * *
It was quite amazing that while I was thinking about this piece before I started designing it, I would step out of my apartment and spot random computers and circuit boards laying on the street! Waiting for me just like that! The power of visualization at its best, I tell ya. Thanks to Aimee Golant for donating her evil Dell tower, which provided me with some of the loveliest mechanisms that I used in the brooches.
The wall environment is made up of recycled circuit boards and sterling silver. Measures 17 5/8″L x 7.25″W x 3″D. The Key brooches are made of recycled circuit boards/computer parts/Plexiglass; sterling & fine silver, brass, gold, aluminum, steel. Key 1 measures 11″L x 4.75″W x 7/8″D. Key 2 measures 5 1/8″L x 2 .25″W x 1 .5″D. Key 3 measures 3.75″L x 2″W x 1″D.
Here are close up images of the individual Key brooches. Next post I’ll share with you images of the custom box made for Encrypted and some tips for professional art packing…