Saxelby, Halcyon, Hillyer, etc.

It has been a real pleasure helping Georgia Saxelby with her To Future Women project the last few weeks. 

I first met Saxelby while helping Gayle Friedman install her (amazing!) show at the Hillyer in June. Saxelby needed an extra hand with a couple of things installing her show at the Hillyer also, and she brought me on board for the next steps after I made her a couple custom tools out of materials available in the gallery.

Over the next few weeks, I helped Saxelby fabricate and install her work at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building for the By the People Festival.

 Saxelby on the cover of the  city paper , working on the arch we fabricated.

Saxelby on the cover of the city paper, working on the arch we fabricated.

While it may or may not be too late to contribute a letter to be archived at the Philip's Collection as part of this project, taking the time to have a moment of reflection, of introspection- it feels right and necessary.

The Business of Bringing Joy

The work that goes into the magic of Easter is intense- global in reach, exacting timelines and quality controls, distribution networks and decision trees. The millions of bunny-hours that go into basket weaving alone...


Long story short, there are a lot of bunnies doing a lot of things to make Easter happen on time every year. There are business bunnies and farmer bunnies, chocolatier bunnies and delivery bunnies. Bunnies have been at this for at least a dozen, if not a thousand years or more. 

In that context it was a real honor to be asked by the Easter Bunny in Chief to  sculpt the busts of dedicated, hard working bunnies from across time and nations.

Look for chocolate busts of great bunnies in the near future!

Osage... Purple?

If you ever wondered what a purple rubber osage orange would look like, well, here you go.


 Osage oranges have become a trendy table decoration in the last few years. Since I had one sitting around when I also had some plaster gauze and purple tin-cure silicone handy, this next logical step presented itself. We live in the future.

Quick Question

The color charts have been done for a minute now and are at Furthermore for digital reproduction. Look for updated photos on them and reproductions for sale soon!


The only question I have at the moment is:

What's the best thing to do with somewhere between three and five thousand colorful used cotton swabs?


At Play in the Fields of Constable

I don't know that the Romantic painter John Constable ever saw a whale. However, it is very likely that he saw clouds, given the number of oil sketches he did of them in the fields surrounding his home in Suffolk, England.


In an effort to learn something of the artist and his methods, I painted this landscape based on an amalgam of oil sketches he'd done throughout his career. Beyond the takeaways on gesture, light and composition, there was some ineffable absence in his work, something made almost palpable in it's consistent absence. 

For me, that negative space, that omission, it took the form of a dead whale needing to be placed in the middle ground of this painting, behind and amongst livestock and tall grass.

There was something profoundly strange about that man.


Bunnies in the Works

Easter is coming, and so are chocolate Easter Bunnies sculpted by yours truly.


Above is a plaster cast from my first mold. Some work needs to be done in order to get the ears and face to release cleanly from the silicone, but overall I'm pleased with the process thus far.


Smooth-on makes a variety of food safe platinum-cure silicone products. The "Sorta-Clear" line is aptly named and makes for an interesting look when back-lit.



Ideally the silicone would be de-gassed in a vacuum chamber before pouring, but in an effort to avoid the perfect being the enemy of the good, I allowed myself this experiment in making a mold while skipping that step. The mold has a good inner surface in spite of the bubbles, and that's what counts.



It may be silly, it may be strange, but there is a lot of joy to be had in sculpting rabbits for the Easter Bunny in Chief. Especially when combined with the rewards of eating lots of chocolate in the not too distant future.

Fast, Wild, and Gone for Good- the Flaming Stallions

The best venues in DC are often our homes in DC, and the best acts in DC are the ones we can share the backstage kitchenette with.


The one-night-only sole performance of this lightning fast punk/metal trio represents the best of what we have to offer each other in the DC area. 


Here today, gone tomorrow, the music of our friends and neighbors, co-workers and loose connections is just as fluid and transient as our communities in the metro area.