Selected charcoal and oil paint drawings from over the years.
Glass Medusa was created the winter of 2012. It was inspired from found image collages, and the glassy nature of the Atlantic winter sea.
I started by making a glass face cast by covering my face with alginate molding material and then filled up the negative form of my face with wax (I had a few people help me do this and I had to breathe though straws). I then allowed the wax to dry and peeled off the remaining alginate. This gave me a stand alone wax cast of a head. To allow the glass to be blown in the head shape, I had to cover the head cast with wet cement and then melted the wax head out of the dry cement cavity. After all the wax melted out, I blew molten glass into the negative part of the cement head shape. After the glass was blown I cut the cement in half which then revealed a single glass cast of my head. I cleaned the sides of the head with a glass shaving tool. And afterward, I attached several shards of sea glass to the top of the head to formulate Medusa's hair that was collected from the shores of Portsmith, Rhode Island.