Through Stone and Mind
Through Stone and Mind, 2020
Concrete, Resin, Rockite, Glass Rocks, Moss, & LED lights
14 x 14 x 4 in
Signed on Back
"This piece interprets the theme 'Through the Looking Glass' by exploring the concept of identity in the face of unremitting change. It was born from a surrealist notion of the universal self, the sense of identity beyond a physical body. Society continues to produce unforeseen obstacles and seemingly insurmountable challenges that throw one’s sense of identity into chaos. By disassociating from a physical self, this abstract self is able to erode the walls of the physical realm, evolve and adapt. By opening oneself in this way, new possibilities and perspectives emerge, and through their exploration, one’s self-identity expands. This concept is expressed by using a variety of materials such as concrete, resin, Rockite, glass rocks, and moss to create a three dimensional mirror to the other side of the looking glass." —Mike Sanchez
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mike Sanchez is an artist based in San Francisco, CA.
"I have always been an artist in some form or another. Starting at a young age, I was driven to build and create, from playing with Legos as a kid, to welding and metal work in high school, and photography in college. Photography especially became a passion. I feel fortunate to have developed my photography skills during the transition between the film era and the digital. I learned classic darkroom techniques and how to create within the physical limitations of film, but was also introduced to the enormous potential of using digital photography to create whole new forms of art. Photography could become anything my mind could capture or create. After receiving my BFA with a focus on photography from the University of New Mexico, I relocated to San Francisco to explore a wider world of job opportunities. I was immediately faced with the stark reality of trying to make a living as an artist and it would take two and a half years working in the restaurant industry before I was able to make the leap into full time artist and photographer. I've had to get creative with many odd photography and design jobs, and while incredibly challenging, it has also been immensely rewarding to have control over my career, and to craft together my life as an artist.
Currently I am working on multiple series exploring society's relationship to iconic words and objects. Photography has always been at the core of my work, but I've been working more and more to push the bounds of two-dimensional design, and expand my work into the three-dimensional realm. I've been experimenting with new materials and building methods, always looking for unexplored avenues into which my art can delve. Regardless of the medium, the work always comes back to that relationship between perceived environments and the people that inhabit them." —Mike Sanchez
HANGING & CARE
Battery powered LED lights are incorporated in the artwork. A separate remote control is used to power lights on/off. Artwork is ready to hang on the wall (large nail and hook needed). Dust with a microfiber cloth to clean.
This work is included in "Through the Looking-Glass" a group exhibition showing August 5 - September 5, 2020 at Voss Gallery. If purchased, the work will be available after the exhibition starting on Sunday, September 6th.
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