I dreamt of a canoe, decorated with Buddhist mantras and glowing from within. The entire boat was gleaming and left... Read More
I dreamt of a canoe, decorated with Buddhist mantras and glowing from within.
The entire boat was gleaming and left a lasting and most notably calming impression
on me in my dream. Weeks later, when I discovered a sketch in my dream diary done
that night, the long forgotten image resurfaced. Again, its peaceful emanation affected
me deeply, and I instantly set off to transforming it into a project.
During the final phase of the work, riveting the single parts which was conducted outdoors,
dawn fell and soft rain set in. My hands, after having processed copper all day long,
literally emitted a bluish green glow owing to the copper oxide.
Once the canoe was completed, I packed it with approximately one hundred light bulbs
and pulled it up the next best tree using a thick rope where i fastened it and connected the
light bulbs to electricity. There has rarely been a moment in my life when I have been
happier than when I saw the canoe light up.
Appreciation of evanescence, being my principal concern, is referenced to by the patina.
Often, the patination goes hand in hand with the sketching, and not until I perceive them
both as being in harmony I pierce the copper.
The preliminaries to the first punch into the sheet metal often do take quite some time:
I say many mantras pleading for succour, I have prolonged debates with myself, and I
contemplate the I-Ching.
Only then, the first breaches.All is brought on stream, destruction claims its space and grows manifest.
Seeing as I have been occupying quite a singular position in the world regarding my way
of presenting my emotions and sentiments, there were no instructors available to further
my knowledge or refine my technical skills.
Left on my own, I have found my own way which I have been following since 1991.