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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 miniature

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

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

Oct 3 '13

pray for what you want, but work for the things you need, 2013

cast wax hand, heart shaped stone, antique nail, gold leaf filled capsule, metal gear, vintage paper

3 ½ x 2 ¼ 1 ½ inches

Oct 2 '13

you will be surrounded by things of luxury, 2013

victorian memorial hair, glass eye, heart shaped stone, vintage box, antique perfume bottle of caron narcisse noir*, antique metal lipstick tube*

1 x 3 x 3 inches

*unearthed in the backyard of a 1920s house in west hollywood while digging a hole to bury a feral cat in a cat cemetery.

Feb 14 '13
forget the past. remember the future, 2013

oxidized nail, heart shaped stone

3 ¼ x ⅝ x ⅝ inches

forget the past. remember the future, 2013

oxidized nail, heart shaped stone

3 ¼ x x inches

Feb 13 '13
it’s nice to wake up and realize your teeth aren’t falling out, 2013

human tooth with amalgam fillings, snake vertebrae, bitewing x-ray, perforated metal, heart shaped stone, porcelain plaque

3 ¾ x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ inches

it’s nice to wake up and realize your teeth aren’t falling out, 2013

human tooth with amalgam fillings, snake vertebrae, bitewing x-ray, perforated metal, heart shaped stone, porcelain plaque

3 ¾ x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ inches

Feb 12 '13
if you look in the right places, you can find some good offerings, 2013

vintage microscope slide with butterfly wing, porcelain hand, heart shaped stone, oxidized metal plate

2 ½ x 2 ⅞ x 1 ¼ inches

if you look in the right places, you can find some good offerings, 2013

vintage microscope slide with butterfly wing, porcelain hand, heart shaped stone, oxidized metal plate

2 ½ x 2  x 1 ¼ inches

Feb 12 '13
a great pleasure in life is doing what others say you can’t, 2013

porcelain figurine, heart shaped stone, carved wooden lion, handmade paper butterfly, straight pin

5 ¼ x 7 ½ x 3 inches

a great pleasure in life is doing what others say you can’t, 2013

porcelain figurine, heart shaped stone, carved wooden lion, handmade paper butterfly, straight pin

5 ¼ x 7 ½ x 3 inches

Jan 1 '13

good sense is the master of human life, 2013

plastic doll hand, wax skull, stone heart, antique etched bone inlaid on wood, vintage leather

1 ¾ x 1 ¾ x ¾ inches

Dec 31 '12
we are all animals, 2012

antique cast clay figure, mummified baby mouse, stone heart, antique frame, porcelain plaque

6 x 5 ½ x 1 inches

we are all animals, 2012

antique cast clay figure, mummified baby mouse, stone heart, antique frame, porcelain plaque

6 x 5 ½ x 1 inches