Thursday, December 29, 2011

West Collects (Help Me Out)

Hey all,

I'm sending this out to people I'm pretty sure have an iphone, or at least app capabilities. I just applied for the West Prize, which is a cool, and definitely lucrative, art prize with a social component. The person who gets the most votes via their app wins 25,000. There's some people out there with a pretty serious head start, but the more votes you get, the more you show up on the site, so if you guys would help me lay a foundation, I'd definitely appreciate it.

the app can be found on the app store (search west collects), or at the website,

I didn't find the app to be super intuitive. Once you're on the app, search for Morfit. That will take you to my bio. From there, you browse to the right, as though you were looking at pictures, and that will take you to my images. Hit the big pink I Like button, and that's all there is to it. You can "like" each individual piece as you scroll through.

Thanks for your help,


Wednesday, December 21, 2011


The Christmas season is upon us, and I have a million things to do other than ruminate over the studio process. Still, I thought I'd post a few of these images from the new one "Toil", which is coming together like a dream within a dream. There has been a little trickiness in terms of getting the pattern to read, but mostly it's been a pleasure. More pattern pieces in the future. Happy holidays to both of my loyal readers, and to the rest of you.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Not FINISHED Finished, But Close

But close. I told my wife I might finish this piece today and she looked shocked. She should know by now that finished doesn't mean complete. Never complete.

Monday, December 19, 2011

I Think I'm In Love

Now THIS is fun. Doesn't take much to change the game and uncover all sorts of interesting new possibilities.

Always Wear Protection

Tuesday. Toile piece proceeding nicely. Very cold in here.

I may have to incorporate this self-portrait into the next round of sculpey figures.

Friday, December 16, 2011

One Down...

Today was frenzied but good. In the not-usual manner of Friday's in the studio day, my wife had to run out in the morning, so I was left with the youngest, ostensibly during "nap" time, so she could do her thing, and I could work. But of course the boy never naps when you need him to, so the morning was more or less shot (thank god for James, diligently toiling away).

Still, we managed to get the piece for Connecticut College done. Of course it's not really DONE done. It's done enough to go down to the basement to mature like a fine wine until it is time to ship, at which time it will be pulled out, re-examined, had any newly discovered flaws corrected, and packed away. This sounds like a joke, but the truth is, layaway time is a real thing. By the time I'm this far along in the making of a piece, I can't see it any more. I'm tired, and I'm out of patience, and I want to be done. Coming back to it ensures that I go over it with a fine toothed comb, and that it leaves the studio looking right.

Close observers may notice a few stray bits of tape on there - those are to remind me of the little areas that need to be tweaked before it goes out. All in all I'm really happy with this one. I really like the way the drop-out silhouette makes you aware of the strange depth that these pieces operate in.

Of course, there's another piece waiting in line. This one's going to be interesting It's based on Toile patterns, but I can't say more now, because it's late, and I need to go to bed. Plus, there's nothing to see here but some meticulously gridded paper that turned out to be all wrong. Good night.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Two Views From From The Finish Line

Part 2

Two Views From From The Finish Line

Part 1

Dilated, People

Putting one of these framed pieces together is absolutely not the kind of work you should do with your eyes dilated. Jeez.

Sent from my iPhone

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kara Walker

People often reference Kara Walker when they look at my work. Personally, I don't see the resemblance.

Friday, December 9, 2011


While James drills out the holes in the wooden backing, I'm putting together the figures for the next piece. Henry Ford eat your heart out.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mobile Posting Mini-Fail

I can see that today's experiment in posting live via iphone was not an unqualified success. Apparently, adding the text after the image is the same as not adding text. No great loss. Suffice it to say it was a successful day, with good progress being made on the current piece, as well as on the-piece-to-come.

In other news, the lovely Kristen Zohn over at the Columbus Museum emailed me a copy of the lobby poster for the show in May, which looks great. Check it out.