Is Detroit sinking, or is it rising? It's a question I've been wondering about since I was a kid growing up there.
Patina detail, Detroit City
In this sculpture I try to capture a moving target, the symbol of a time in history when the Emperor has fallen from his horse. This steed's mouth falls open, in shock at no longer having to participate in the hierarchy of war and violence.
As a sculptor fascinated with the history of monumental art, I find the destruction of monuments to tyrants one of the most exciting default art movements I've ever heard of. I want to see the mounts of emperors, bare backed, rearing up, covered in flowers, eyes wild to meet the future.
This sculpture has a story of coincidence and miracle behind it involving the unexpected survival of a tiny dove at a time when I was reading about the history of the Black Madonna. Their stories became intertwined, as they both were Diopetes, the one who falls to earth.
These sculptures began as a set of three 12"x9" wall-hung masks.
In Norse mythology, Odin was supposed to have three dogs,
Past, Present and Future.
War Dog is blind and beaten. There is no glory here, only regret. We created them and they got loose. Now we will never be rid of them. If only we could go back in time and never create them....
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