"The Appraisal"

2011 ArtPrize Entry
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“The Appraisal” is a group of anthropomorphic figures that are making an appraisal that is directed to the viewer as they stand before the piece. As the viewer approaches the piece, the small figure in the front is glaring through one eye, the middle figure is tilting his head in uncertainty and the large figure is stern and tall. They are expressing the universal experience of reoccurring appraisals that we conduct on the people in our lives.“The Appraisal” is constructed from ceramic, which was used to form the head and torso. The legs are made from steel and foam. The surfacing is created with fiber, dirt, adhesives, and glaze. “The Appraisal” is made up of three anthropomorphic figures that have a range of scale from the smallest figure at an intimate level, to the tallest that appears the most confrontational. The mud and adhesives surfacing is highly detailed with cracks and shades that can only be achieved through the use of the local dirt that I collect.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 5
  • Medium: ceramic, steel, fiber, mud, foam, paint
  • Width: 4
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 4

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Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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