Commissioned to create 23 concrete pendants with wood inlays. Not just any wood – each piece handcut from the root of a very special tree in San Francisco (since cut down by the city) thus connecting each piece to the tree and to each other. Each will be given as gifts to those involved with this iconic tree and it’s art project nearly 10 years ago. I love the meaningful projects and commissions like this one and welcome more opportunities like this. You can see more of the handcrafted jewelry here.
Excited this piece, Migration of Fibroblasts (2014) is the inspiration behind a new commissioned wall installation for a commercial space in California this fall! Details and progress images soon. You can also follow SanoStudio on Instagram for updates.
Images of a new 8ft x 5ft concrete monolith, “Cache” as it cures & finds a nesting spot until transported to its remote Sonoran landscape for video time-lapse & projection. Last year I applied for an artist research grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. I’m honored to be one of 18 grant recipients selected. My research proposed funding to expand my knowledge of sculpture-related materials, technologies, and casting processes all while pushing boundaries of my sculptural installations to expand in size, environment & technologies. Funding will also help facilitate the transport and video documentation of the installation into the Sonoran Desert. Progress images will be added here and on social media: Facebook and Instagram.
In February, I attended 4 day advanced fabrication workshop called “PLAN B Collaborative” at Architectural Concrete Interiors. This event brought together 65 from around the world to Phoenix to bring their skill sets of and collaborate on 20 large-scale projects based in concrete, wood and metal. I had the good fortune of being able to bring one crazy big concrete art project into this mix. Images below are a quick glimpse of what 16hr days together looks like. It’s where I had the privilege to meet, hang out, and work with the most talented, funny, knowledgeable, crazy, kind, hardcore, driven and passionate group of fabricators I know. It’s hard to explain to outsiders, but it’s about the bonds created by these project challenges of going just beyond what might be possible. It takes an infusion of talent, hardcore work hours and stupid shenanigans to bring them across the finish line. It’s the true collaboration that creates the magic from which a hive mind mentality emerges. We tackled 20 large custom projects – I learned so much, was encouraged by everyone and walked away completely inspired by working with so many who give everything they have to what they do. Thank you to Damian Taylor & Florence Darling for capturing these awesome images. Thank you to Cody and his family for making this training a reality.
I am honored to be one of 18 recipients of the 2018 Arizona Commission on Arts Research Grant. The Arts Commission, which is one of 56 art agencies affiliated with the National Endowment for the Arts, works to strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. Details in the Phoenix New Times article and on the Arizona Commission of the Arts website.