Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Encaustic

I'm working on a new encaustic piece, continuing with excavation. Here are some images of the process, under the icy layer is a phthalo green layer. I am working lavender strips on the edges (for now). The final result is still a mystery; we'll see where it goes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Some Progress!

I recently received some images on the progress of pieces being worked on in India. Looking good!

{this piece has inlay of lapis lazuli and tiger eye almost covering the entire exterior, with malachite inlay inside}

{side view}

{male entities, red marble, alabaster inlay in black marble}

{feminine entities out of lapis lazuli inlay}

{male entity - black marble}

{female entity - black marble}

As you can see, there is a lot of work currently being done. Very exciting!


Friday, May 8, 2009

TREASURES and Offerings/Redemption

So two of my very large projects are being shipped currently out to California. I would like to share some documentation on how exactly they package and move these 1 ton pieces in India. The first group is TREASURES created for Santa Barbara, CA. It consists of 7 different elements that are yellow marble with red marble and alabaster inlays. The pieces are 48" long and are 36" deep, making them the largest pieces I have made yet to date.

These are the Treasures ready to be packed up. They are wrapped up many times in plastic and polyester packaging material. It is important that these pieces are treated with utmost care.

It's not as easy moving the pieces as this picture makes it look. That element ways about one ton.

The pieces are then packed into the crates, which are slipped into the large strap in the middle for balance and attached to the crane for moving purposes.

The crane lifting one of the crates.

The crates are lifted onto a large truck to be carried to the Mombay Harbor to be loaded on a container ship. Then, it's a long trip to California.

The next two pieces are also for Santa Barbara, CA. They are two halves of a 36" offering/redemption. They have been completed and are prepared for shipping as well. They are the largest offerings/redemption made as of yet.
Size: 36" long
Materials: white marble with lapis lazuli, tiger eye, malachite, carnelian, and ice cream white marble inlay.

{seen here with malachite inlay} The multiple layers from the outside to the malachite focal point serve to protect the precious gem offering. The lapis lazuli and tiger eye serves as a protective layer as well as a defining marker for the offering.

{carnelian inlay}

Serving a similar aesthetic purpose as the lapis lazuli and tiger eye, the piece of malachite on the outside edge of the offerings serves as a guide to tell the viewer what is contained in the offering (much like how ancient Egyptians would inscribe hieroglyphic imagery outside tombs detailing the contents).