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The Improbability of Sustaining Life in a World Driven by Profit
This piece, constructed solely of wood, was made for a special exhibition to help benefit the Gallows Run Watershed Association, a local conservation group in upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In an attempt to bring attention to the pending environmental threat of natural gas fracking in the area, "The Improbability of Sustaining Life in a World Driven by Profit" (36" x 30") was designed to appear like shale. The tree cut out also represents the pattern of cracks produced by the fracking process and the light blue of the recessed surface is meant to show that a much greater resource than gas, that of life sustaining water, lies beneath. The purity of our drinking water is greatly at risk from the extraction of gas and the resulting short term profits derived from the practice.
Blood from a Stone
Again, here the surface is painted to appear like stone, yet the large piece (58" x 36") is constructed of only wood. While hiking a trail in the "High Rocks" area of Ralph Stover State Park, I came across a natural fissure in a cliff face. ( I also happened to come across , for the first time in my life, a living wild copperhead, perfectly camouflaged in the leaf litter and incredibly beautiful.) On that same afternoon, a rock climber was injured and needed to be rescued by helicopter. These events are what conspired to inspire ""Blood from a Stone".
Beneath, are other examples of faux stone surfaces used in designs unencumbered by the confines of a rectangular format.