fret & focus

melissa_pano_master2-emailphoto by Dan Bailey

I make sculptures that make images.
Sketches, prototypes, notes, specimens, calculations, cardboard, glass, lamps, lenses, razor-blades, pens, pencils, traces, and tape take up every inch. The studio is filled.

This project attempts to visualize daily concerns and worries using quasi-scientific means of collection and presentation. I wanted to make a microscope slide each day that physically samples what I have been worrying about.

Then the slide is archived and photographed. In the studio, the collected slides are inserted into various (often hand-made or rudimentary) viewing devices, then projected, magnified, traced, and scanned. The cobbled together projectors help me enlarge and explore hidden details of collected specimens.

The resulting projections, printed images, drawings, devices, and other debris are then used to construct installations within various specific sites, each seeks to start new conversations.

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question
collect
observe
hypothesize
analyze
experiment
reevaluate
repeat

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The specimens were collected, one each day, for a full year. One worry representing one day. Some worries may be similar or linked, but  the slides are singular and unique.  Each one is a specific marker of time, a specific data point.

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details:

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36x36lion36x36nails

36x36fly

36x36tract

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36x36thread

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fin.