I am drawn to animals and nature, often focusing on what I consider “the misunderstood” animal. Bats and burros are two of my favorite subjects. I have such profound respect for their contributions to our life, both past and present. I like to approach them from all angles, sculpting them both as animals, as well as anthropomorphically. When I push the barrier between animal and human, I try to focus on what makes us similar and to celebrate, rather than stigmatize, our differences. Giving these animals human characteristics allows me to further identify with my subject, as well as bring a new perspective to the audience. I never know what species will next capture my attention. At any given time you can find me in my studio playing with different forms and animals. I may walk away from something for months; years even, only to find inspiration renewed and all of my time suddenly devoted to that piece. I am repeatedly drawn to birds, and incorporate them into many of my pieces. I’ve recently found myself inspired by the javelina, and have just begun casting them as a new series. Other species I am currently experimenting with include, armadillos, dodo birds and the praying mantis. I model mainly in oil clay, but also like to incorporate wax, plaster, wire, found objects, and anything around that catches my eye. My final pieces are all cast in bronze.
copper's ArtPrize Entries
These are copper's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
copper's Past Work
These are images of past work that copper has done.