This is a building near my apartment in Oakland. On the corner is a tamale shop downstairs, and an apartment upstairs. This is the end of it but the building is long and skinny, with a lot of different tenants, as evidenced by the many electricity meters.
This is a church in Berkeley, CA.
It is the latest in a series of paintings I have done of churches in the area. I have a complex understanding of religion and it’s attractive force, and these drawings help me explore my relationship to these buildings. As aesthetic objects in my community, I find almost all churches to be beautiful and inspirational places. Having never really attended church, I still find that the buildings themselves radiate warmth and welcoming. Even when surrounded by a chain-link fence.
Mostly, churches make me think of people, and the dedication to human goodness that some people have as a result of their belief that God is paying attention.
This is a baseball bat and stand. I turned the bat from a piece of white ash, and I bent and welded the steel to echo the shape of a baseball diamond.
This is a wooden box I made using hickory and walnut. The handle on top is a shape I use in lots of designs. It’s two bean shapes pressed into each other, representing the closeness of two beings.
This is a set of wooden butter knives that I designed. The box is made of hickory, and the knives are made of walnut. There is also a steel rest to keep the business end of the knife off the counter. Using a wooden knife for butter is a fantastic sensory experience. It’s much lighter than a metal one, but its still stiff enough to be used as a butter knife. The light feeling in the hand makes for a delicate butter spreading experience.
This is a prototype for an at-home coffee drip bar. The idea came from my time as a barista at Blue Bottle. Coffee is a drink, but I always like to think of coffee as a plant. By having the planters on either side of your brewing coffee, you are reminded of the natural processes of the earth, which makes your coffee taste better.
The wood is walnut, with a polyurethane finish, and the metal is stainless steel. The wooden boxes were joined with center splines, and I bent and welded the steel.
This is a frame that I made out of maple. The corners are double splined, and I added a little bit of depth between the glass and the mat, so the paper would have room to breathe. The art within the frame is an ink painting I did, but I’ll post a photo of that separately without glass in front of it.
This is an end table made from metal and wood. The wood is reclaimed oak on a plywood base.
This is a frame that I made out of sheet metal. I bent and welded the metal, then grinded, sanded, and polished it. The photo within the frame is by Michelle Ott.