“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Michelangelo
Is/Is Not” began life as a slight, undernourished poem nestled within the shadows of a forgotten notebook. The dancing skeleton brought the poem to mind, and I decided to merge the two. I determined the approximate beat per minute of the skeleton’s dancing, and then altered the bpm of the music, so they would match. Hunting online I found other visual elements (found objects) that spoke to the piece. They began to determine the direction of the project, much as found objects determine the sculpture (and how it fits together) when I sculpt. I found and purchased the conjoined head online (death is what you think it is). The twins were part of a single image that I separated at birth — pulling them apart and rejoining them as individuals. I then found the animated eye which brought the twins to life (windows to the soul). I built their stage and timed their performance, sending them into space — erase. We all know how collaborative the web is; I’ve begun to view it as an enormous workshop, full of resources and possibilities; like being Jeff Koons and having a factory of artist that you employ.