|Abstract American. Jefferson Cut, 2008
Plaster, metal structure, wooden pedestal
62 x 20 x 12 inches (160 x 50 x 30 cm)
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Abstract American, 2008-2009
Abstract American is a reflection on the memory of historical form and classical materials. Several incisions were made in plaster casts of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. (The originals are the works of Jean-Antoine Houdon and Leonard W.Volk). Each bust is positioned on a plain wooden pedestal to create a sense of volatility, as though the sculpture is on the verge of collapse. The planes of the cuts create new flat surfaces altering and recontextualizing the initial form.