RELIQUARY

2010 - 2014

Stag
Stag

2014 17"h x 14"w x 15"d deer skull, crystals photo: Dan Kvitka

Stag
Stag

2014 17"h x 14"w x 15"d deer skull, crystals photo: Dan Kvitka

Stag
Stag

2014 17"h x 14"w x 15"d deer skull, crystals photo: Dan Kvitka

Holy Cow!
Holy Cow!

2010 28"h x 48"w x 12"d Long horn steer skull and horns, crystals

Holy Cow!
Holy Cow!

2010 28"h x 48"w x 12"d Long horn steer skull and horns, crystals

Holy Cow!
Holy Cow!

2010 28"h x 48"w x 12"d Long horn steer skull and horns, crystals

This series combines some of my personal iconography and family history. As a child my parents were avid rock hounds, and my sister and I were often dragged into the wilderness in search of quartz crystals, fossils and gold. Now, as an adult, those memories are invaluable.  These sculptures are part of a new body of work in which I cultivate crystals over objects - creating overnight a sense of the preciousness that can take mineral formations millennia to grow.  

These sculptures were created by combining multiple casts from a raccoon skull and quarts crystals found by my family when I was a child.  They have dual qualities of being alluring yet grotesque — similar to the ethos of sideshow oddities and memento mori. The imagery is pulled from childhood memories, my fascination with anomalies of nature, and awe of the unfathomable vastness of geologic time.  

Polycephalous I & II
Polycephalous I & II

2014 bronze (left), stainless steel (right) 5"w, 4"d, 2.5"h each photo; Dan Kvitka

Polycephalous I
Polycephalous I

2014 bronze 5"w, 4"d, 2.5"h photo; Dan Kvitka

Polycephalous II
Polycephalous II

2014 stainless steel 5"w, 4"d, 2.5"h photo; Dan Kvitka