SOLD – Measures 44 inches as measured diagonally from Maine to California. This work is made of sheet metal from automobiles, machinery, etc., and other objects from my collection. Each state is created after carefully selecting the right piece from thousands of parts. Though each piece is different, they work together to make a cohesive whole.
Everything I use had its own life and story before it came to me. I relate to their scratches, dents, faded paint and rust through my own experiences. For me, there is an evocation of nostalgia by using these fragments of old things. My work is not just about what you see before you, but what the parts once were.
Oregon – Valve cover from 1964 Oldsmobile V 8 engine.
Texas – Made from the trunk lid of a 1961 Ford Galaxie and a 1961 Texas license plate. “Roy Butler” dealer emblem came from a 1968 Mercury Montclair.
Ohio – Yellow from a 70’s Dodge van and the “O H” are from a 60’s Plymouth hood.
Montana – Roof of an old barn which had been repainted many times and an “Apache 10” emblem from a 1960 Chevrolet pickup truck.
*A complete list of materials is provided with this piece*