2021 Worn Thin
“2021 - Worn Thin” PPE/mask seemed like the next logical project for me to make out of copper and enamel. I used a flat, folded PPE/mask as a model. Pretty simple folds, but I’m the type of person that can measure something 20 times and come up with a different number each time, so this was still challenging for me. I still had to make about 4 masks out of paper before I got the numbers right. I used copper foil and carefully made the ‘mountain’ and ‘valley’ folds in the proper places, then opened the folds in the middle and sculpted it till I got what I wanted. I have over 20 layers of torch fired liquid and sifted enamel on it. There were mishaps along the way - I like to think of it more like it taking on my personal touch - things melted, holes burned through, pieces were patched. With each ‘mishap’ it became stronger, more and more an individual, something personal, something with a story. I think in the end it described the struggles of the past 2 years quite aptly.
Making tools, artifacts of 2021 - a little uneven, a little rough around the edges
Material: Copper foil, mesh, wire; crumpled & cold connected; torchfired vitreous enamels
LETTERS FROM 2021
Envelopes from folded copper expressing the mood of conversations in 2021
Material: Copper foil, torchfired liquid vitreous enamel, painted wood