this is quite a large piece (lots of antennae), standing 21.5 inches in height and 12. 5 inches wide. I used a terracotta clay body with glaze and under glaze, then paper mache, acrylic paint, and pencil for the final layers. It is coated with a clear varnish to protect all the detail work.
this photo shows the smiley flowers at the bottom of the piece along with some of the items Chubster clings to like his/her/its life depended upon them…(and it does). The six items it possession are as follow: a cowboy boot, a bunny’s head, a severed leg, a smiley hand picked flower, a honey bear bottle, and an ice cream cone (actually it’s gelato not ice cream). Ask him/her/it to share and he/she/it will laugh at you. You see Chubster is a bit greedy—it takes a lot for his little wings to carry his oversized body from point A to point B. I received a microscope for my birthday several years ago—ever since my work hasn’t been the same. An unknown universe revealed itself to me. Most of my specimens consisted of bugs—there was so much information in this tiny space it was overwhelming.
this image shows the smiley bow tie worn by ‘Chubster’ and also one of his/her/its hands holding an ice cream cone. Chubster is heading down the sugar rush highway.
this image shows the main figures expression.
When I first moved to these parts I was having all these encounters with famous Davids. Firstly there was David Crockett—we are from the same area of Tennessee and now I am living in the city of his demise (san Antone). Second David was David Lynch. He was everywhere. I was immersing myself in his cinematography as well as his music, interviews about transcendental mediation, you name it I saw it. He’s kinda my hero—I love his artwork especially. He started out as a painter you know. Then lastly I was reading David Foster Wallace. That is when this piece came into fruition. Every time I read DFW I just imagined him wrestling alligators constantly. Alligators being his psychic pain of course.
This is a smaller–quaint piece–measuring eleven inches in height and six inches wide. I had a lot of fun making this work. I think this size is easy for me to handle. This clay body dries really quickly. Here is Texas (sooo hot) it doesn’t seem like there is time for messen’ around you gotta work fast before your clay cracks. I used some prisma colored pencils on David’s face and also some acrylic paint to create the dots on his unitard. All the other color was created by underglazes and glazes and fired to cone 6.
This is a rather large mixed media sculpture. It is made from high fire clay, underglazes, glazes, wire, paper mache, acrylic paint. It is 15 inches in height by 13 inches wide.