In a drawer, I found three old pencils. I thought of them as metaphors of a culture past. How simple a pencil is and how we have abandoned these practical tools with our laptop, iphone and Blackberry’s.
I began to play with them and visualized how they would look standing in different configurations. These early Pencil Sculptures were simple and relativity naïve. I then began to assemble them in sections creating unnerving balancing acts. I continued to look for old pencils and explored different ways they could be assembled. Take the color away, they have motion, direction and volume. I soon ran out of old pencils and decided to buy new pencils from an art store and see what I could build without any limitations to length, color and graphics.
In the beginning, shape was all I cared about. The new art pencils allowed me to control the color as well. While I continued to develop the shape first, working with color was like adding color brush strokes on a three dimensional canvas.
Making Pencil Sculptures is one of my many mediums. To date, I have made over 200 Pencil Sculptures. During this process I began to wonder what these pencils would look like, oversized. I dream of people walking under and around these supersized Pencil Sculptures as public art.