Plate Tectonics: “Latitude/Plate Map II”

The Plate Tectonics Series explores something that fascinates me.  Seriously, look it up. It’s rad.

Half sculpture, half painting, here’s a second version of the plate map.

Mixed media, 2017

18″x24″, $425

Here’s an alternate view; and below, the process as it unfolded!

This is how it looked hanging up at a recent exhibition.

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And here’s how it all came together.

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Sculpting the topography…

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Give some contrast to the layers, then add labels and lava!

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Plate Tectonics: “Marianas Trench”

The Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans, located in the western Pacific Ocean.   It reaches a maximum-known depth of 10,994 meters in a valley in its floor known as Challenger Deep.

And yes, those are push pins!

Mixed media, 2017

8″ x 14.5″; Sold

“Logan IA/Vitruvian”

This is from my series Home Towns, where I paint a person’s origins, layered with their present.

This is Logan, Iowa, the home town of my personal trainer.  It features a water tower (of course!), the town as it appears on a map (highways and river marked), and a hint of da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, an homage to his profession and his dedication to continuous learning.  He is not himself blind or a reader of Braille, but he likes the motif, and so I included it.

8″ x 10″

 

Maps for My Father, 6 of 7: “Rutgers/New Jersey”

This is part of a series of maps of my late father, Newton Hunt. My dad was nearly blind, and read Braille.

In 1988, we moved to New Brunswick, NJ where he worked in the music department at Rutgers University.

(Very) mixed media,* 2017

If you REALLY want to know, it’s foam board, oil and acrylic, spray paint, graphite, white ink, iron-on letter R, and fabric puff paint for the Braille.

8″x10″, $150

Maps for My Father, 5 of 7: “Manhattan/1981″

This is part of a series of maps of my late father, Newton Hunt. My dad was nearly blind, and read Braille.

In 1981, the year I was born, my parents and I lived at the corner of West 93rd St. and Columbus Avenue in New York.

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In white ink, you can see piano string lengths as my dad was a piano technician, working with Steinway, Yamaha, the Metropolitan Opera, and a variety of colorful private clients..!

And who doesn’t love a good water tower?

Mixed media, 2017

8″x10″, $125

Plate Tectonics: “Subduction/Tsunami”

The Plate Tectonics series explores something that fascinates me. Seriously, look it up. It’s rad.

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on 26 December with the epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The shock had a moment magnitude of 9.1–9.3 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX.

Mixed media (wood board, contact lens case lid, yogurt lid, wire, foam board, molding paste, acrylic paint, spray paint, white ink); 2017

175

Plate Tectonics: “Krakatoa/1883”

The Plate Tectonics series explores something that fascinates me.  Seriously, look it up. It’s rad.

Krakatoa is a volcano in Indonesia that lies at the convergent boundary between the Eurasian and Indo-Australian tectonic plates.  This is a subduction zone where the the more massive plate forces the other underneath it.

The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) destroyed over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera.

Why the Braille again?  In doing the Maps for My Father series, I discovered that I dig it.

Mixed media; 2017

11″x14″, $225