Responding to ideas around loss and commemoration, using 3D digital fabrication processes allows for repetition, reprocessing, and transcendence. This is represented in "The Richard Project," seventeen CNC routed sculptures of my acquaintance Richard, and my trophy-sized iterations based on my friend Patrizio.
Patrizio was scheduled to perform in a music concert in Italy wearing a Versace jacket, gifted to him by the parents of a child who passed away. Patrizio is a singer/songwriter, author, and has dedicated his life to Orphan diseases, illnesses by US standards, that affect less than 200,000 people nationwide. He couldn't wait to perform in that jacket in January 2017, hoping to take and send a photo to the family in honor of the child. Unexpected snow in the south of Italy caused the concert to be canceled. I asked him to bring the jacket back to the U.S. so I could take 3-dimensional "photos" of him in the jacket and cast a bronze sculpture to give to the family.
Stories like Patrizio's are foundational points of ideation in my sculpture-making process, and I imagine the final outcomes may call to mind objects as far ranging as anthropological figures, wax figures from Madame Tussauds, chainsaw-carved sculptures, medical, scientific, and technological designs, lawn ornaments, trophies, commemorative sculptures, and Italian votive figurines. My artwork is commemorative without being a direct representation of the object/person lost. The materials I use are durable, tough, and resilient, attempting to preserve and perpetuate narratives. Through my studio work, I practice, train, and meditate: it is a discipline in which I embrace obsession through repetition.