This body of figurative sculpture came out of a quest for understanding human nature and evolved into an acceptace and trust in the nature of all things.
Each figure is situated in common human gestures with minimal specific information, consequently inciting one's own references, memories and associations.
A sculptor's actions are usually exicuted with the intent to manouvour one's material into submission. I've become more interested in the pervasive force of nature regardless of human efforts. Consequently, I prefer to withdraw my intentions and encourage the properties of nature to proceed.
Three Standing Figures (life size)
Facing Figures (model)
Traveling (life size)
Alcatraz Dream Boat
(upper boat by Richard Elliott)
Sitting with Someone (life size)
Stills from video of decomposition of Sitting with Someone
The material I use is raw clay mixed with an organic binder used in taxidermy. Once I've established the figure or form I then impregnate fabric with the solution, drape, freeze into position with a heat gun and discard the original leaving only its shell as a memory to its existence.