The Clock

Here’s part of a piece I’m putting in a show next month. It’s a triptych – this is the middle section. It’s not finished yet, but it’s fun to share WIPs.

This is the second grandfather clock I’ve made for this piece (the first was a prototype). Well, it’s really the fifth, if I count the sketchbook. I discovered last summer that if I work on the layers in my sketchbook before working in the diorama, I end up with a record of the piece, which will stay around after the diorama goes to live somewhere else.

Here’s the first rough sketch I did:

I’m interested in the idea of theater, the physical space and and what happens there.


I’ve finished this piece and am adding a few more pics below.

There – that’s better.


Vanity, a precursor to one of the seven deadly sins (Pride), is represented here in this fancy tin (thanks to my buddy Jenn Schiffer). The phrase Omnia Vanitas (“All is Vanity”) reminds us of  the “ultimate fruitlessness of humankind’s efforts in this world,” or perhaps more generously, the impermanence of our physical existence. Perhaps even more fruitless is the efforts put into digital existence.  This diorama sums up quite a few ideas in a simple way; several types of vanities, a vanitas, and the symbolism of vanity itself. It starts the anthropomorphizing the seven deadly sins.  Also, I had to remove 3/4 of the bristles in a brush to paint the devils eyes.

Silent as the Grave: A Melancholy, Part Two

Following up with our grackle who traded his arm for some rum at the Butcher Block Bar, we find him visiting the grave of said arm. This diorama features the smallest skull I’ve ever made. Our grackle is wondering why he wasn’t allowed to keep the bones – it would be a lot simpler than having to visit the grave of his arm. You know?