This piece is one of a series that explores deer imagery. Rather than locking down the image in one solid silhouette, I build from the inside out. No one line is right, yet cumulatively they realize the effect of muscle and bone, revealing a lean, working skeletal structure - the exaggerated fragility of a leg, the branching abstraction of antlers.
I scavenge construction sites for evocative shapes, gathering a stockpile of twisted metal lines. I cut with the torch and then sketch in the air, tacking structure and gesture together. The imagery comes from memory, accumulated from a life-long fascination with animals, and is supported with reference drawings and photographs. I try to convey an emotional state through physical presence, and evoke a visceral response in the viewer.
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