Every piece in this sculpture was designed off of the structure of a single antique stove topper plate and then poured in solid bronze. I am not sure what the utensil was actually called. Hours of research have been in vain and none of the antiquity dealers I contacted knew what it once was either. It looked like something you'd put on the tabletop if something was warm and needed to be lifted up off the table or stove in order to either cool down or heat up. The entire piece is covered in a patina. It weighs approximately 2.75 pounds and took 25 hours to complete. It is a one-of-a-kind original piece.
5 1/2 X 4 X 3 inches
I collect misplaced utensils. These are found objects. Discarded, dirty, rusted…they have lost their purpose and value. I give them new life.
In designing my sculpture pieces I use only the utensil's form. The challenge of working with these devices, exactly as they are, has taught me a new way of seeing. This sight I hope to pass to others.
A fun little blurb about this particular piece: I wanted it to be helpful and given its size I thought it would probably be best served on a desk than in a little lit art alcove on a shelf somewhere. With this in mind, the mouse's paws are able to hold an object, such as a tube of paint or an eraser, USB stick, or something else around the same size and shape, and the face is capable of holding a pen, pencil, paint brush, etc. among other things. He's a helpful little guy.
My favorite view of him, for whatever reason, is the aerial view. At first glance he appears to be symmetrical, but when you look from above you can see his ears are pulled slightly back and are expressive, plus his tail is off-center giving him some movement and interest. I get a kick out of that and I hope the destined owner(s) of this little guy will also enjoy it.
"Learn how to See. Realize that everything is connected to everything else." - Leonardo da Vinci
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