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Twisted Twelve

Eric Freitas's avatar Eric Freitas

'Twisted Twelve" is a working clockwork sculpture. Every piece was hand fabricated using traditional clockmaking techniques. The more precise parts were created with a mill and lathe, without the aid of CNC. The more sculptural elements were created with a hand-held jewelers saw, followed by small grinding tools. The repetitions found in natural forms often echo mechanical repetitions. Earthly decay and disorder often invade the most rigorous of machines. While machines and nature are often thought of as opposites, in my work rather than force a contrast between the two, I show how they are very much the same. While working with clockwork as a means to show cycles of natural growth and decay, I avoid representational depictions of natural forms. In this way, I hope to create an experience of something unexpected yet familiar. All the parts in a given piece are designed look like they sprouted from the same genetic code. Not exact copies, but rather different organs in one organism.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8.5"
  • Medium: Brass, machined from scratch
  • Width: 14"
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 42"