CAST IRON, STEEL, BRASS, MDF, PLYWOOD, CAST PLASTIC, ACRYLIC PAINT
61” x 11.5” x 11”
ABOUT THIS PIECE:
The GeoPods are not an organic part of the vines, but rather a by-product of their growth (like a pearl in an oyster). They are also a natural resource, and are used by the people of GeoDin to generate electricity. The people’s over-harvesting of this resource, and use of it in ways that were irresponsible (the properties of the GeoPods change as they age), is what led, eventually and in a round-about way, to the collapse of their society.
This was actually the first piece from this show that I made, and in many ways the rest of the work is based on it. It was incredibly fun to make; precise and exacting and slow (a few of my favorite things). I got to use math and measure angles and solve a zillion problems and I loved every second. I also loved the colors I ended up with (read the short essay “What is Not the Color of Grass” in the “About the WasteLand” section, accessible from the WL main page, for more info on the colors). I absolutely fell in love with the affect of the stepped-gradient I achieved by painting progressively darker shades of orange onto the different facets. This discovery ended up transforming my entire aesthetic and is still a huge part of my work today (as I write this out, finally, in 2020).