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Barred Owl

Bronze with Polychrome Patina  —  19 x 9 x 8

I made this owl while I was on a teaching residency at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. They have a small zoo of native animals. The barred owl seemed to like to model. He was not shy; he shared back at me with his liquid, black eyes, and sometimes turned for me so that I could see the other views. I know that it is anthropomorphizing, but they seem to look back at you with understanding. It is no wonder they are the animal embodiment of wisdom as far back as ancient Greece when they were the familiar of Athena.

Light in August

Bronze with Polychrome Patina  —  34 x 12 x 8

Light in August is titled from a novel by Faulkner about a woman who sets off alone from the countryside to find the father of her unborn baby. The character possessed a great earthy intelligence and a simplicity of understanding of the ways of people and culture.

Issac

Bronze with Polychrome Patina  —  18 x 14 x 9

Isaac is a boy with an apple on his head: a whimsical image. It is a silly thing to have an apple on your head. But the dark legend of William Tell comes to mind, and related to that is the story of Isaac and Abraham, becoming something more menacing. It is a boy about to enter adolescence and the apple is the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Related to Isaac Newton, the apple is the point of inspiration: an idea falling from above.