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ciimcii : miniature assemblage : sculpture

miniature things have always fascinated me. as a child, it was natural to like objects that fit nicely into my realm. i still remember that sense of wonderment and feeling of intimacy when holding something small and precious in the palm of my hand.

the creation of my work is a meditation on ordering. an obsessive-compulsive arrangement of objects. taking a minimalist approach with dadaist influence, each assemblage conveys a winsome darkness created using items that were found, curated and assembled. they appear as manifested cabinets of curiosities, subconscious memento moris, and hybrid creatures borne out of imaginary realms of strange relics and remains.

the titles of my constructions are taken from fortune cookies. never wanting to discard them, i’ve collected hundreds over the years. the key is to choose the right one. the items used in my assemblages often symbolize greater ideas, so the title becomes as important as the work and lends itself to the interpretation of each.

i started including heart shaped stones in my work because i constantly find them and wanted to share these small tokens...the earth’s own symbolic reminder of love.

the animal and insect fragments serve as reminders of the ephemeral nature of life. these creatures met their fates naturally and found their way to me through friends, family or during walks in the hills of los angeles.

Posts tagged assemblage

Jul 10 '14
lose yourself before you become lost, 2014
vintage match box, squirrel paw, gold leaf filled capsule, vintage leather, 18th century painting scrap, stone heart, coaster
4 x 4 x ½ inches
*la luz de jesus gallery, the coaster show, September 5 – 28,      2014, los angeles, $150

lose yourself before you become lost, 2014

vintage match box, squirrel paw, gold leaf filled capsule, vintage leather, 18th century painting scrap, stone heart, coaster

4 x 4 x ½ inches

*la luz de jesus gallery, the coaster show, September 5 – 28,      2014, los angeles, $150

Jun 29 '14

life is not a struggle. it’s a wiggle, 2014

antique metal bottle stopper, light bulb, vintage fur, antique coral, beetle exoskeleton, stone hearts, vintage ormolu box

1 ¼ x 2 x 3 inches

3 ½ x 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches

Jun 26 '14

everything will now come your way, 2014

antique wedgwood plaque, bakelite handle, stone heart, carved skull

2 ½ x 1 ¾ x 1 ½ inches

Apr 22 '14

hope is the dream of the waking, 2014

mummified bird with deformed foot, marcasite stones, snake rib bones, antique metal paint brush holder, stone heart

5 x 4 x 1 ½ inches

Apr 22 '14
many a false step is made by standing still, 2014

miniature taxidermy crab, scrap metal, stone heart, pearl on gold chain, wooden board

5 ¾ x 4 ½ inches

many a false step is made by standing still, 2014

miniature taxidermy crab, scrap metal, stone heart, pearl on gold chain, wooden board

5 ¾ x 4 ½ inches

Mar 11 '14
don’t take reality too literally, 2014
mummified baby mouse, vintage carved wax skull, butterfly wings, rat tail skin, lamp finial, stone heart, brass tack
2 x 2 x 2 inches

don’t take reality too literally, 2014

mummified baby mouse, vintage carved wax skull, butterfly wings, rat tail skin, lamp finial, stone heart, brass tack

2 x 2 x 2 inches

Feb 27 '14
innocence and time, once lost  can never be regained, 2014
plastic doll hand, glass chicken, metal key plate, stone heart, copper disc, rhinestone
5 ½ x 1 ½ x ⅞ inches

innocence and time, once lost  can never be regained, 2014

plastic doll hand, glass chicken, metal key plate, stone heart, copper disc, rhinestone

5 ½ x 1 ½ x inches

Feb 27 '14
little rituals will help you achieve greatness, 2014
vintage printers block, ant encased in acrylic marble, carved jet skull, rat tooth, stone heart
3 x 1 ⅝ x 1 inches

little rituals will help you achieve greatness, 2014

vintage printers block, ant encased in acrylic marble, carved jet skull, rat tooth, stone heart

3 x 1  x 1 inches

Feb 16 '14

you’re as old as you have ever been, and as young as you will ever be again, 2014

found rodent jaw bones, antique bone bead, staple with cardboard, vintage leather, metal beads, metal nose piece, pearl, wire, stone heart

1 ¾ x 1 ¼ x 1 ¼ inches

Feb 14 '14
your destiny lies before you, choose wisely, 2014
liquid filled glass vial, metal bead, antique coral fragment, stone bead, antique bone knob, stone heart
2 ¾ x 1 ⅜ x 1 ¼ inches

your destiny lies before you, choose wisely, 2014

liquid filled glass vial, metal bead, antique coral fragment, stone bead, antique bone knob, stone heart

2 ¾ x 1  x 1 ¼ inches

Feb 14 '14
remember for next time, 2014
rusted antique nail, stone heart
3 x 3/4 x 3/4 inches

remember for next time, 2014

rusted antique nail, stone heart

3 x 3/4 x 3/4 inches

Dec 29 '13

the best way to get rid of an enemy is to take him as a friend, 2013

shed skin of a gopher snake [70in.], mummified mouse, stone heart

4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Nov 23 '13
your heart is a place to draw true happiness, 2013
vintage printers block, miniature pocket knife, stone heart, antique paper
3 x 1 ½ x 1 inches

your heart is a place to draw true happiness, 2013

vintage printers block, miniature pocket knife, stone heart, antique paper

3 x 1 ½ x 1 inches

Nov 23 '13
depend on the predictability and steadiness of life to support you, 2013

rat paw, stone heart, suede patch, bronze acorn on ball chain, metal decoration, painted wooden panel

6 x 3 ¾ x 1 ¼ inches

depend on the predictability and steadiness of life to support you, 2013

rat paw, stone heart, suede patch, bronze acorn on ball chain, metal decoration, painted wooden panel

6 x 3 ¾ x 1 ¼ inches

Nov 16 '13
the journey through life requires many shoes, 2013
snake vertebrae, brass foot, saw blade, stone heart
3 ¾ x 1 ½ x 2 ¼ inches

the journey through life requires many shoes, 2013

snake vertebrae, brass foot, saw blade, stone heart

3 ¾ x 1 ½ x 2 ¼ inches