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20 Enero, 2002

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Pieces of Art
Page on this dream-inspired piece coming soon.

Moon Chat

Arropado con el Flor (sol)
(Clothed with the Sun [flower])

Potter Rose

Rain Dreaming

The Queen of Heaven

More sculpture to be added soon!

Potter Rose
Carved from redwood 4x6 post scraps, decorated with acrylic paint and glass seed beads. Wool "hair". @ 6"H x 8"W x 4"D. c. Luna Rivera, 2000.
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About my Sculpture

All my sculpture is created from lumber scraps salvaged from the construction industry. Therefore my pieces are primarily pine and redwood. I do run across the occasional piece of cedar. I have made a commitment to never purchase or cut wood for my works, because there is so much construction waste that can be put to use: I hate to see any part of a tree that has given its' life thrown away! When I get salvaged wood, any I find I can't use goes into my wood stove, my only source of heat in my home/studio.

Since lumber doesn't come in particularly large pieces generally, I will often join several pieces to create a sculpture: so I suppose my works might well be called "constructions" as much as "sculptures". My carpentry background comes into play in the execution of the works, as I use a combination of power and hand tools to work the wood. And as for hand tools I almost never use the traditional tools of the woodcarver: knives and so forth. Rather I use rasps and gouges and files a lot.

I finish the pieces in whatever way seems appropriate to the image I'm creating: it may have areas painted in acrylic paint, along with varnished areas where the wood shows. (I like to leave the wood show somewhere on every piece, and whenever a person's flesh is showing; face, hands, etc., I allow the bare wood to stand for that flesh.) I often use beads or beadwork that I do myself on pieces; and I create "hair" for people or manes for horses or tails for wolves from natural fibers such as wool or mohair. Lately I've been adding bits of mirror to pieces, and giving some of them gourd "vessels" as well. They truly are mixed-media works, 'tho their foundation lies of course in wood craft.

Animal Sculpture Series
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I also use my woodworking skills to build all my own frames for my paintings, and these are carved and painted (and otherwise decorated as the sculptures are) to tie into the theme of the painting.

Questions or comments about my work are always welcome!