Message Art is just that- art with a message about our lives, others’ lives, or our environment. Click on a thumbnail below to view a larger image, and feel free to contact me for more information or about custom projects.
Pace of Acceptance
“Gettin Hammered” 14″ tall, Plaster, steel, hammer, nails. Unfortunately, this is a self portrait of the artist. Self abuse might feel good at the time, but you might as well drive nails into your brain.
“No Holds, Barred” Steel, media mix, stone The figure depicts a late middle aged individual that sees himself as a prisoner of his environment. The image is about someone living a life they hate. Maybe it’s the job they hate, or the ill suited marriage. In any case, he or she chooses the status quo because the security or benefits outweigh the risk of adventure. Ultimately, he’s burned out, wishing he had done more with his life, singing the “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Blues”… but still standing on terra firma.
“Gossip” 16″ tall, mixed media. Eyes green with envy, this hollow individual is looking for trifling, groundless rumors to colorize with his own lies.
“Life Sentence” (Cropped image of crack smoker. See full size image) This young girl is heading for disaster. My cousin, who works for the juvenile court system, says that this is not uncommon.
“Life Sentence” Steel, Sculpey Clay “Crack babies” are rarely normal.
“Corporate America” 26″ tall, steel rod This my view of corporate America with administration clamboring all over each other to get to the top. The spaces between the horizontal lines represent the amount of money needed to support the different levels. In my view, the entire upper level can be deleted. They are not necessary. All you really need to manufacture products is the bottom tier, the people who actually do the work in a factory setting. If properly organized, it is my belief that all the money that goes to the upper levels could be dispersed among people working out of their homes.
“Helter Swelter” Steel 22″ tall This piece reflects a lost soul leaving the earth by result of the affects of global warming. The lips continue inward to form the tornado-like spiral stand. At the base the stand reflects the spread of global warming like an insidious virus.
Throwing Caution to the Wind – A statement about Rio Tinto and the environmental disasters they have caused. This sculpture was completed on the very day of the BP oil spill.
“Rainbow Tears” Watercolor sculpture Our atmosphere is getting so polluted, it’s enough to make a rainbow cry.
“Gettin the Hell Outa This Scene” Ever hear the expression, “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” Sometimes people are trapped inside the picture and can’t see what others can from the outside. A change in one’s life can be good.
“Non-Supportive Relationship” 10″ tall Steel, brass, and silver solder. Depiction of a modern day family whose lives are intertwined. They co-exist, but don’t, or can’t communicate.
“Beside Himself” 10″ tall. Steel on wood. What man has not found himself in this position from time to time, perplexed by a tough decision. One thing is for sure, his ego will be considered first in any decision making process. Men are like that.
“Tears of an Animorph” Porcelain w crackle glaze. Depiction of an animal, any animal, that is forced to change countless years of developmental evolution by reason of encroachment by man.
“Lady of the Lake Memorial Statue” 8ft tall. Steel rod on stone base. This statue was erected at Picnic Rocks Park in Marquette, Michigan to serve as a memorial to the 24 people who drowned while trying to swim out to Picnic Rocks, and to serve as a warning to others. While the dedication was in progress, several youths stopped to ask about what was going on. Before the dedication was over, the teens could be seen swimming out to the rocks. Most of the people who have died are teenagers.
“The Last Laugh” 20″ tall, Plaster and steel This piece is about revenge. Sometimes we can get so angry, we do things we may regret for the rest of our lives. You might get the last laugh, but your life may blow up in your face.
“Going Nowhere Fast” Steel, silver solder, wood base. This is the way so many people go through life nowadays. Many of us are caught up in a fast-pace, quick-fix society. Take time to stop and sniff a flower.