Each 'blobject' is made using vitreous enamel on copper. The pieces are joined using only enamel, with no solder or weld joints.
1. Something blunt and round; a small drop or lump of something viscid or thick; a drop; a bubble; a blister.
vitreous enamel on copper
This body of work was created at the Kohler factory in 2006 during a residency in the Arts/Industry program at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Before going to Kohler, I found out that the Kohler Company owns a “5 diamond” resort directly across the street from the factory. It got me thinking about the diamond as a symbol of quality, power, wealth, & greed.
Thanks to movies like Blood Diamond, & hip-hop artists like Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, & Nas, we have culturally become more aware of the problems & complexities within the diamond industry. As a fan of hip-hop music, I especially love how hip-hop culture has influenced mainstream America. The pimp cup is a status symbol within hip-hop culture. What is interesting to me is that most often these cups are made of chintzy materials but give the illusion of value & wealth. Rhinestones are simply glued onto glass or metal plated plastic cups. Essentially they are a form of urban folk art.
18” x 16” x 12”
cast iron, vitreous enamel
OR chrome plated brass
1. the tough outer layer of something, in particular.
Inspired by pimp cups, these pieces of americana are encrusted with vintage Swarovski crystals.
Family lore states that I'm a descendant of Betsy Ross, so I'm constantly trying to update the American flag.
BLOB- binary large object
<database> (BLOB) A large block of data stored in a database, such as an image or sound file. A BLOB has no structure which can be interpreted by the database management system but is known only by its size and location.
These BLOB installations are visual representations of sounds recorded in the studio while making the pieces. The recorded sounds are fed into a sound mapping program & the pattern is created.
The Eyes of Modernism: Cleveland Enamellists
Ohio is an ideal site for this installation as it is part of the “Enamel Belt” of the U.S. It is home to industrial enamel manufacturers, such as the Ferro Corporation, and has a rich history tied to enamellists in academia at Kent State University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. In a recent article in Metalsmith magazine, Cleveland was called “the most important center for enameling it the United States. ”
The Cleveland Institute of Art is the only institution that offers enameling as a major, separate and apart from the jewelry/ metals program.
This work directly addresses the historical significance of Cleveland as a center for enamellists of the 20th & 21st centuries I have begun to catalogue the history of mid-20th century enamellists through photographs of the artists; specifically their eyes.
The eyes in exhibition belong to:
Mary Ellen McDermott
John Paul Miller
Thelma Fraiser Winter
The pattern on the wall is a physical representation of the sound of sifting enamel. I record myself while working in my studio and then feed the sounds into a computer program called Sonogram. Sonogram is a sound visualization program that was originally developed for speech recognition. This software analyzes the sounds and creates a series of visual depictions of what the sound looks like. I then take one of those depictions to determine the placement of the elements on the wall.
Both diamonds and graphite are solely made of the same element; carbon. Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man and graphite is one of the softest. The only difference between the two are the way in which the atoms are joined. These drawings depict the atomic structure of diamonds & carbon. They are scribed into a sheet of solid graphite and dusted with 24k gold powder.
These pieces are made of cast iron bathtub fragments, which did not meet the A-1 standard of quality at the Kohler factory. I cut up the tubs and used the fragments to create large-scale ‘fusion flow’ tests. Fusion flow refers to the viscosity of the enamel when it is at its flow point. This fusion flow point is the key element to using enamel as an adhesive. (see Blobjects and stars for examples)
The Flow of the Factory: The Boys of Enamel
16” x 12” x 3”
cast iron bathtub, vitreous enamel
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