For The Ultimate Predator at AMNH, I made two Tyrannosaurs. Baby Bob is the name of the recently discovered 15 foot long, 4 year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex. Xiongguanlong, a 12 foot long tyrannosauroid, pre-dates T. rex by about 50 million years. Both of them are thought to have been feathered. I sculpted the head and appendages in clay, casting them in polyester and fiberglass. I welded sleeving steel armatures so that they can be broken down for travel, and coated them in spray insulation foam. After carving the musculature, I coated the bodies in more fiberglass and resin and continued with the detailing in epoxy. A specific, fine broom hair was chosen for the feathers and they were laboriously attached to the surface of the skin with a mixture of adhesives.
I made a 20ft long Mirounga leonina, or Elephant Seal for the Life At The Limits exhibit in 2015. Starting with a clay scale model, I used a 3D scanner to help me map out the steel armature and wooden gussets I would construct. Using chicken wire, foam, polyester resin, fiberglass, and epoxy, I fleshed out the body of the seal. The head was sculpted in clay and cast in polyester resin. The model comes apart for travel, and can be mounted on a post from the floor, or hung by two eye hooks on its back.
I created 2 male Citipati, a type of Oviraptorid from the Late Cretaceous period, for the Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit in 2016. I started by welding together some steel armatures, coating the armatures with foam, fiberglassing the surfaces and then coating with a texture I made by casting varying arrangements of turkey feathers.
Lost&Find is a project I started in 2014. I set up a booth and gallery space at a storefront on Flatbush Avenue at which I could be commissioned to make objects in miniature to stand in for people's lost possessions. Struck by nostalgia for old belongings that resurface occasionally in photographs or conversation, I loved the idea of revisiting a story or a memory through object making. With space and storage being a constant problem in New York City, the choice to work in miniature seemed obvious. I created a series of Commonly Lost Objects, such as keys, a metro card, and an umbrella, hoping that it might help people think about the more unique possessions they might have misplaced in the past, and what it might mean for them to have it again. The mini museum and work space I created remained on site for a year, and I kept weekly office hours. After taking it down, I have continued the project through word of mouth and on Instagram, as well as a traveling with a compact version of the original booth to a pop ups at stores and events.
Your lost objects can be made as wearable talismans, kept close to the heart, or as small sculptures for display.
I love to do quick ink and iPad portraits at events. If you would like to hire me to do portraits at a party, or to commission a portrait, please contact me directly. You can also reach out to Drawn Together, a friend's company that I often work with, for more information.
I sculpted and cast this magnified Dinoflagellate and Angler Fish for the Creatures of Light exhibit in 2013.
Using one mold of a carapace (the top shell of a turtle) I sculpted, cast, re-positioned and painted multiple turtles for the "!Cuba!", and the "Unseen Oceans" exhibits in 2017 and 2018.
An interactive in the "Senses" exhibit in 2018, placed the visitor in the "shoes" of a hungry Pit Viper. To find the prey, they were given a heat detecting camera. I sculpted a life sized Common Iora, Long Tailed Tree Rat, and Common Shrew, and with a series of material tests, figured out how to evenly heat the sculpted critters from within so their body temperatures were visible, and their body shapes recognizable on the visitors' screen. I then painted the animals light green to camouflage within their stylized, monochromatic environment.
I made a series of fake food, including a Day of the Dead Bread I baked from scratch, molded and cast in plastic. In 2016, I worked with fellow nature-enthusiasts at AMNH to create a diorama of a Cuban swamp for ¡Cuba!, complete with landforms, water features, algae, mangrove trees, lily pads, saw grasses, orchids, and numerous other plant and animal models. I hand crafted “one ton”of coal to emphasize the importance seeking sustainable sources of energy in Climate Change at AMNH.
In 2012, I was part of a team of artists and conservators responsible for the restoration of the Hall of North American Mammals. I focused mainly on the snow in the Kaibab Squirrel and Canada Lynx dioramas. I carefully mapped and removed the old, yellowed stuff and replaced it with carefully sculpted forms of ethafoam and various other conservationally approved materials.
In 2016, I made dozens of brass mounts for collections of objects at Mmuseumm on Cortlandt Alley in Downtown Manhattan.
I have created several gallery models of upcoming exhibits, working with designers to flesh out and finalize designs for displays, interactives, models, themes, dioramas, wall construction and the intricacies of case work.
I worked with Studio Hans to create 11 giant Parrot Tulips for the Spring 2018 Tanya Taylor windows at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Sculpted and Cast Giant David Yurman Prop Bracelets for Nation-wide Cable Bracelet Events.
Giant marshmallows for a photo shoot with Katy Perry.
Hand-Sculpted earring display for Alice Waese.
Tomato spit roaster for a Campbell’s Soup advertisement.
Paper props for The Children's Place.
Zoetrope figures for Camille Henrot: Frame by frame, I created 3 dimensional sculptures from animations of Henrot's drawings for a series of tiered zoetropes by the Artist. Each object needed to not only resemble the feel of the original drawing, but each of the 12-16 poses needed to be captured exactly so that after the zoetrope began spinning, and a strobe light was added, the movement of the sculpts mimicked the whimsical motion of the animated characters.
Prototyping, mold-making and casting with Factice LLC to create Tauba Auerbach’s pristine sand sculptures.
Lead sculptor for Jean Shin’s trophy alterations for Everyday Monuments, commissioned by the Smithsonian in Washington DC in 2009. Sculpted small hand trucks, cameras, delivery bags, maintenance equipment, etc. to transform sports trophy figurines into everyday people doing an assortment of jobs.