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Like a Fly
Like a Fly, c. 2009
Cast bronze and mixed media
22 x 10 x 18 in
This piece is a juxtaposition of the beautiful and the horrific. It is a combination of that which is both attractive and repulsive.
The form of the insect, with its diminuative complexity, glossy exoskeleton, and lithe grace, is a beauty of nature; however, the associations of filth, decay, and danger are hard to bypass. Most people will recieve jitters at even the thought of a bug touching their skin.
Death is also a natural part of life. It is beautiful because it reminds us of how fragile our bodies are. The complexities of our physiology must always be kept in balance. Dangerous forces exist all around us to disrupt that balance, some are sudden and violent, while others tip the scale slowly. It is this emphemeral quality of human existance that makes it so precious.
Inexorably, regardless of the risks or cautions taken, death eventually takes us all. Time becomes our nemesis. We must find the beauty of life in every moment before that moment passes and is lost forever.
The clock, while a literal representation of time moving forward, is also a metaphor of the passing of our lives toward death. To represent this, the minute hand uses the symbolism of the life cycle of the rose, from promising bud to drooping wilt. The clock face has also been engineered in such a way as to loose 5 minutes for every hour. Because there are no numbers behind the minute and hour hands, but rather upon the plates themselves, which are moving in relation to eachother, what would have been an hour on the traditional clock, becomes 55 minutes when arranged in this fashion.
The elongated legs with their dark glossy finish represent the lithe beauty of the spider. A creature that for all its beauty and complexity is hated and feared. The form of the legs and joints are modeled after the skeletal structure of the hips, shoulders and limbs of the human body.
Each section was modeled in wax and then cast in bronze. These individual sections were then welded together and polished. To create the idea of time corroding our bodies, a heavy, crusty patina was added around the joints. An element of tension and danger was added by polishing the base of the legs down to claw-like sharp points.
The clockface plates have been pierced and polished by hand. The hour plate is copper; the numbers are represented by one to twelve strands of a spider’s web. The minute plate is silver; showing the life cycle of a rose.
Like a fly caught in a spider's web, we cannot escape the progression of time.