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TINY TOWN

Tiny Town explores a sense of play and wonder within the mundanity of everyday life. Each object is based on common household item such as an ashtray, a soap dish, or a paperweight. These things are familiar to us and often exist in our space without much notice or thought. By maintaining the function but manipulating the aesthetic into something familiar, yet unexpected, each piece comes more clearly into focus. When the objects interact together, the obligation of their purpose is less important and a story begins to form.

The materiality of these pieces is directly linked to the concept. Each item is made entirely from waste material, which allows for a dialogue surrounding the role of waste in consumer culture. Much like the familiar visuals of our neighborhoods, the realities of production and waste often live on the edge of our notice. Paper, plastic and styrofoam molds are recovered from the trash. From these base forms I build pieces that emulate the architectural, manmade or natural forms, and wide open spaces that fit into any community in America. It is important to consider the ways in which our lives affect the planet. Living with this constant burden is tiring, so I try to lighten that load with a bit of irreverent humor and playfulness. The viewer feels a sense of connection and attachment as they recognize the object for both what it is molded from as well as what it could represent.

As a whole, Tiny Town is comfortably familiar. It is a nod to model train towns and dioramas that entertain and fascinate. It is a respite from real life. While the body of work focuses on two seemingly unrelated topics, a bond is created between what we don’t wish to notice in our lives and what we do. It takes many segments to create the full picture. Each piece stands by itself, but also fits with one another to tell the story. These objects span a spectrum of scenes that form America, from landfills and neglected properties we ignore, to the beautiful vistas and secluded places we seek. The result is a functional sculpture that quietly proposes a more conscious way of living.

 
 
01 Cottage Box with Privacy Hedge Vases.JPG

Cottage Box with Privacy Hedge Vases

16 x 19 x 9.5
various reclaimed clays and slips, waste glaze, unwanted stains

Back:
Cottage Box
Vacant Lot Trivet

Middle:
Tilled Soil Coaster
Privacy Hedge Vases

Front:
Two Lane Road Centerpiece

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Privacy Hedge Vases

8.25 x 4 x 6.75
contaminated earthenware, various waste glazes, unwanted stain

Greenery may be placed into the holes between the hedges to make a tree.

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McMansion Quilt

13 x 11
salvaged fabrics and thread, reused canvas stretcher, new staples

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Subsidized Housing Garlic Boxes and Swimming Pool Ashtray

19.5 x 14 x 7
various reclaimed clays and slips, waste and contaminated glazes, unwanted stain

Back:
Swimming Pool Ashtray (cigarette sits in pool)
Subsidized Housing Garlic Box

Middle:
Prairie Doorstop

Front:
Prairie Mantelpiece Decoration
Subsidized Housing Garlic Box
Vacant Lot Paperweights

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Cooling Tower Vases and Abandoned House Flower Brick

24 x 19 x 10
various reclaimed clays and slips, sink sludge, soft brick shards, waste and contaminated glazes

Back:
Cooling Tower Vases
Nuclear Power Plant Desk Ornament
Privacy Hedge Doorstop

Middle:
Abandoned House Flower Brick
Prairie Doorstop
Topiary Doorstop

Front:
Vacant Lot Bud Vase
Prairie Mantelpiece Decoration

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Coal Mine Ashtray and Refinery Soap Dish

16 x 14 x 7
various reclaimed clays and slips, sink sludge, waste and contaminated glazes, glaze shards, unwanted stain

Back:
Refinery Soap Dish
Coal Mine Ashtray

Middle:
Retention Pond Sponge Holder
Pine Tree Lot Paperweights

Front:
Vacant Lot Bud Vase
Landfill Soap Dish
Vacant Lot Paperweights

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Oil Refinery Candlestick with Retention Pond Ashtray

15 x 11 x 3
various reclaimed clays, sink sludge, waste glazes, granite shards

Back:
Prairie Doorstop
Vacant Lot Bud Vase

Front:
Oil Refinery Candlestick
Retention Pond Ashtray

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Purple Mountains Majesty and Fracking Rig Bud Vase

18 x 14 x 24
salvaged fabric and thread, reuse canvas stretcher, new staples, reclaimed stoneware, waste glaze, unwanted stain, new underglaze

Beautiful mountain view blocked by a Fracking Rig Bud Vase

09 Landfill Butter Dish and Old Barn Doorstop.JPG

Landfill Butter Dish and Old Barn Doorstop

20 x 15 x 8.5
various waste clays, waste and contaminated glazes, unwanted stains, foaming enamel

Back:
Prairie Mantelpiece Decoration
Old Barn Doorstop

Middle:
Landfill Butter Dish

Front:
Vacant Lot Vase
Two Lane Road Centerpiece
Prairie Doorstop

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Trailer Park and Vacant Lot Vases

18 x 11 x 7
various reclaimed clays and slip, unwanted stain, waste glazes

Back:
Trailer Park Vase

Front:
Vacant Lot Vase
Vacant Lot Paperweights

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Vacant Lot Vase

7.5 x 6 x 5.5
reclaimed stoneware, various waste glazes

12 Skyscraper Mantelpiece Decoration.JPG

Skyscraper Mantelpiece Decoration

9.5 x 6.5 x x 9
various reclaimed clays, waste majolica overglaze, waste glaze

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Abandoned Mini Golf Ashtray and Derelict House Olive Server

15 x 14 x 7
various waste clays and slips, waste and contaminated glazes, unwanted stains

Back:
Derelict House Olive Server

Middle:
Prairie Doorstop
Abandoned Mini Golf Ashtray

Front:
Two Lane Road Centerpiece

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Saline Soil Salt Cellar

10.5 x 11 x 4.25
various reclaimed clays, waste glazes

Salt Cellar and two Sandstone Formation Soap Dishes

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Irrigated Fields Coasters

7.5 x 7.5
salvaged plastic canvas and yarn

Condensation drips from the glass and waters the fields.

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Farmland Quilt

37 x 45
various salvaged fabrics and thread, salvaged batting

This quilt was inspired by plane flights over Iowa and central Pennsylvania.

Pig Farm Desk OrganizerPig Farm Desk Organizer

12.5 x 9 x 3
reclaimed earthenware brick clay, waste glazes, reclaimed stained casting slip

With removable Pig Shed Paperweights

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Tar Seep Incense Burner

9.5 x 7 x 2
various contaminated clays, waste glazes

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Centerpiece Pond in the Forest

24 x 24 x 3.5
reclaimed earthenware casting slip, waste glazes, various reclaimed clays, unwanted stain

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Township

51 x 51 x 1.75
various reclaimed and contaminated clays, waste glaze, unwanted stain

As displayed at the show Normal Objects (The Clay Studio, 2017), the Township is divided into parcels of land and the viewer may select any of these areas for purchase. Once the transaction has taken place, they have the option to conserve the forest and leave the object(s) purchased in their place, or to replace the forested area with a blank object with no trees, thus deforesting the areas.