Desert Dreams (The Ears of Zion) This latest body of work is inspired by dreams, the desert, cave exploration and sound. The layers of plywood as they twist and turn resemble geologic forms at Zion National Park in Utah (USA). The plywood used has been re-purposed and sculpted using a large industrial drill fitted with hole coring bits and wielded by hand to create spontaneous caverns. Some of the caves resemble butterflies and flowers while others resemble ears. The surface wood grains help to tell the story. They are sanded, stained and buffed repeatedly before sand and acrylic is applied to the sides.
Caves are places in which to hide. Sometime physically but often caves are where we bury our pain and deepest feelings from the world. They are mystical and often dangerous places where secrets and new experiences lay waiting to be discovered. Dreams emerge from dark recesses and spill out into the gleaming light creating mystery and beauty. Michael Giancristiano