My soft sculptures are created through the process of needle felting. Different from wet felting that uses water and soap, needle felting is a "dry" process. The roving (wool) becomes felted when its fibers become entangled and meshed together using various needles with barbs that work to tangle the wool each time they are passed through the bundle of wool. Combining different mediums with my needle felted work allowed me to create unique large pieces (often 10 times larger than the original subject) with Pop art flare. Inspiration for my pieces are drawn from Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg and are often related to nostalgic themes.
Grapes of Wrath
Grapes of Wrath is the first piece completed in a series titled "Kitsch Casa." This series explores the camp home decor of the 1950s-1970s that you know, adorned your relative's walls and coffee tables. This vintage decor would make most of us cringe at the thought that they were, in their time, considered chic. I just couldn't resist but to bring back their presence in all their glory, now, super sized!
Grapes of Wrath will be accompanied by its stylish cousins of the same camp decor including the infamous panther table lamp, Siamese ceramic cats and more. Help us all when I figure out which Avon perfume bottles to replicate!
Grapes of Wrath was primarily constructed using a needle felting process and incorporates mixed media material for the leaves and vine.
Size: 64'' long x 25'' wide x 30'' deep; 15lbs; orientation is either vertically hung or horizontally placed on a long flat surface.
This extra large needle felted sculpture pays homage to artist Maurizio Cattelan's 'Comedian' from the 2019 Art Basel Miami exhibition. The story goes that the masterpiece (a real banana duct taped to the wall) sold for $120,000!
The absurdity of this sale has prompted a stream of like minded artists to get in on the fun. The actual needle felted banana measures 4'3" and is attached to a 60" x 48" texture painted canvas but don't be afraid to inquire on the price, it's available for much less than $120,000!
Inspired by the New England Confection Company's (NECCO) closing and concept of creating large scale nostalgic soft sculpture candy installations.
This mixed media needle felted soft sculpture is created 10 times larger than the product's actual size. Measuring 22''x15'' its orientation can be either vertical or horizontal, allowing the wafers to cascade from the roll!