PROJECT : SKULLpture (2' x 4.5')
This was my first attempt at a sculpture. The idea developed through the making of my Christmas gifts for my siblings. My brother, Smokey, is a hunter to the extreme. When I go to his home, I always see deer antlers adorning his table tops. These organic forms and curves of bone that once existed on the head of an animal—that shed yearly. To him, they are just stacked objects that remind him of his hard work. To me, they embodied life, death, cycles, sadness, fear and happiness all in one chaotic pile of antlers.
This sparked the idea to build a sculpture out of deer antlers. I found this to be particularly hard because of my own beliefs as a human being. I don't eat meat. I hate guns. And I greatly dislike any man-made antler trap that quickens the shedding process. However, this was one of those challenges where I knew the art was not just for my experience. I was making it for someone whom I love and adore. Someone who would appreciate the beautiful forms as I.
In the end, I found myself even more in love with the beauty of animals. How incredibly intricate their skulls are designed. How lovely their antlers curve, creating this constant movement, while standing still.
I am now planning on dissecting the photographs to pull out the intricate lines and marks—developing this idea further through more creative research and into a design.