While the play set progresses I have been working on a piece that focus’ on a ceramic work within a larger piece. The larger object was influenced by a surrealist painting by Rene Magritte titled The Rape, but of course I added a nice hundred pounds to the concept and took rape out of the intention for the piece. It is undoubtably another monster, but one that is not threatened from without or within. In fact within is the little fat angel, a sort of child possibly or some inner protective force.
The little piece was crafted specifically to fit within the cavity and rest safely on the terrain of the interior of the monster. My priorities were to have the object fit the space and to relate to the larger object both in composition and content. The larger goal for the work was of course to continue to explore challenges the play set gives rise to. Beyond the mechanics of getting the pieces to work together, I want to push the play set into some of the territory explored in earlier work. The first play set is a rather external piece. I would like to eventually bring the concept within as well an explore some of the issues that self portrait demands. All of the play set work will rely heavily on video to complete the piece, this object is complete without that layer, though I may still produce a video for it.