The 4 Artifacts are hand built cement sculptures that were made between 2008 and 2010 on a remote South Pacific Island. After searching for materials to build a UV Installation, it was apparent that a distant island wasn't the place to attempt that kind of art. Even cement was hard to get at times, but it was at least available. I had submitted to architectural projects in the past, using small plaster carvings as model, and proposed to sculpt with cement in a similar organic form. I suppose as I aged the idea of applying to some third party for some kind of permission to make art finally began to seem silly as it is.
The Island itself was in a process of US "federalization" (similar to what Russia did recently with Ukraine).
The Artifacts were made prior to the US annexation of the Northern Mariana Islands. I mused that I had made art in a previously free country that was about to become subject to the rule of another, so I called them "artifacts".
I photographed Artifact #2 as the wild Jungle grass grew over it until it was no longer visible. It was first moved from the studio to a cleared location.
Artifact #2 in the Studio just after completion.
Transporting the work to jungle location.
Installation at the site of planned overgrowth.
And so the grass quickly began to grow.
Artifact #2 at about three weeks of jungle overgrowth.
This is the shot that will be exhibited May 30 - June 8, 2015, at the Palace of the Ancient Antique Chancellery of 1500, at the Piazza Della Cancelleria, 1 - Rome in the Vatican. The event is cuated by Madam Mara Ferloni, and the filmed inauguration will be hosted by Art Historian Prof. Claudio Strinati. The event is organized by the International Gallery Association "Il Collezionista".
Eventually the work was completely overgrown by the jungle.
It wasn't until after I had sculpted this one that I noticed the figures of the Madonna and the Dead Christ in it, thus the title "Artifact #2 The Madonna and Dead Christ".
After the work had been documented it was salvaged and transported to the oceanside to join the other three artifacts that had been completed by then for a small exhibit, seen by very few. I realized when making this art that t would never be seen, and so I documented it extensvely in still and motion photography, and I narrated the process of making these forms as I did them to a film documentary that is still not finished editing.
The Artifacts are no longer on exhibit at this location, and have begun to take on their own natural history. Where will they be in many years from now?
These three brothers were generously helpful to me in making this project, from supplying materials, to turning the heavy forms over in the studio during production, to providing this beautiful location on the very edge of the Pacific Ocean. The other side of the Island is the beginning of the Phillipine Sea.