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I have been making a series of replications from objects that I have valued in the past, such as superhero action figures and cassette tapes. I have visceral memories of these objects and the power they evoked while being coveted and seemingly sacred. By rediscovering the forms either through an intimate and focused act of wood carving or monumentalizing them in bronze, I am retracing my own physical connection with these objects that were mass produced cheaply, cared for intensely and ultimately disregarded, broken or lost.
I have been working with ArtWorks Foundry in Berkeley, CA. to build latex molds and create lost wax bronze castings of mixed tapes found while I was an artist in residence at Recology in San Francisco. Along with mixed tapes created by "unknown" collaborators, I also cast a found cassette which happened to be the first cassette that I ever purchased when I was a child. Additionally, I cast a Tascam 424 Portastudio. This analogue cassette, multi-tracking recording console was once highly coveted by myself and other musicians before being lost to antiquity, forever rendered either obsolete or "vintage" by the rise of digital innovations. By monumentalizing these items in bronze, I am both freezing my own tactile memories of these specific objects as well and commenting on their phenomenal innovations and ultimate obscurity.
"Bronze Memories" will call upon our tactile relationships with everyday objects and investigate our personal and constant interactions with them.