Inspired by both the
great arts of the ancient and modern times, I seek a connection
between contemporary life, culture, and the historical foundation
of civilization. Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican sculpture, Olmec sculpture,
in particular, has influenced me and has helped me to find meaning
in the human head. The Olmec people carved realistic heads, of monumental
proportions, out of stone. Their powerful and timeless presence
has compelled me to carve large heads out of wood.
Each head in "Totem
Pole" is unique. At the bottom sits a 600lb helmeted man made
of White Oak, while a 5lb Olmec warrior made from Black Walnut is
perched at the top. This color transition, light at the bottom to
dark at the top, is important to note. The species of woods on the
Totem Pole from the bottom up are White Oak, Red Oak, Cherry, Cedar,
and Black Walnut.
Historically the word
"totem" refers to a plant, animal, or natural object that
a certain family or clan reserves as sacred. Today "totem"
is more likely to be an icon such as an admired celebrity. These
"totems" are often represented as a face, a person, or
a physical human attribute seen in moving digital imagery or captured
by the silk screen process on a cotton t-shirt. Not just a stylized
man of today or a copy of ancient subjects: rather - these portraits
of imaginary humans represent the diverse range of human culture.
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