ADDICTION - Ravages of drug abuse #1 - An Addict's Last Breath
I have led a colorful life. I was a teen during the sixties and a young adult during the seventies. This was a turbulent time for young Americans. We lost many of our leaders, John F Kennedy, his brother Bobby, and Martin Luther King. We were involved in a cruel war overseas, in a country that most Americans had never heard of. A section of our youth turned to drugs. I had many friends involved.
These experiences led to the first piece in this series - "Addiction". As I worked on it I began to realize that addiction is a larger concept than just drug or alcohol abuse. Many people are addicted to something. The addiction can be a lifestyle, such as gambling; or a person, such as a lover. Whatever the addiction, it is never healthy and can lead to dark places and times.
Height: 9 inches
Width: 9 inches
Depth: 7 inches
Hammered and welded sheet metal
METH DEATH - Ravages of drug abuse #2 - A Wake-up Call
One of the worst addictions I have ever witnessed is to methamphetamine. This drug kills. But while it is ravaging the abuser it is also destroying family and friends. To create this work I used my sculpture "Addiction" as a model. I made the pain and suffering being felt visible. It is not a pretty piece and that is what I intended.
Height: 14 inches
Depth: 7 inches
Sheet metal and rebar
As a 30s something adult I realized that I didn't experience the world like the general population. This wasn't something new. I had always been considered a little "odd". My senses of sight, sound, hearing and touch sometimes just seem to be overpowering my mind. It is as if I'm hearing many people all trying to get my attention at once. Obviously this can be a little disconcerting. When I was in my 30s a doctor explained to me about a condition called bipolar. Suddenly everything began to make sense.
Mania is my attempt at trying to show you how it sometimes feels when you are in this phase of the disorder, you feel trapped in an exploding mind.
Height: 40 inches
Width: 40 inches
Depth: 6 inches
This piece is in the collection of Larry Kimmel, Arizona Rangers.
Formed sheet metal, welding rod and chain
My next addition to the series will be a look at the other side of the bipolar disorder - Depression.