We Can Rebuild Them

We Can Rebuild Them

Here is one of my better cast resin fish. The mold was made from a freshwater drum which I have used for many pieces including several from this portfolio. The original plan was to suspend pipe structures within the resin to be a metaphor for the fish’s organs acting as a sewage system for human waste dumped into our waters. I did do some of these, but so far I haven’t really been happy with any of them. I am sure I will keep working on that idea until I get something worthy of putting in my portfolio. What I did find out was that, the same idea simplified seems to work very effectively. This was the first example of that simplification. The item inside the fish is the motor from a jigsaw I have owned for many years that finally broke. I ended up taking it a part just to see what kind of neat stuff was inside and discovered this cool looking motor. I have had it for quite a while and when I was looking through my collection of junk I realized it was just about the perfect size to fit inside this fish. I did have to shave it down a little around the biggest part of the diameter, but nothing major. The image is taken of the piece freestanding and it looks pretty cool, but what I have found is that over time the fins end up flexing and breaking under the fish’s own weight, so the piece is actually made to hang on a wall.

The title is loosely related to one of my early sculptures entitled Organically Challenged which is also in this portfolio. The idea is that mankind forces species to go extinct and once we have done away with so many we begin to miss them. This longing for the return of nature urges humans to further advances in technology for the purpose of creating substitute nature. This, in turn, causes more pollution which further destroys what we are trying to rebuild. It seems that humans have a tendency to get into these destructive loops that are an effort to do better, but really just further our own demise.