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Process, Part 2. The same pieces a few days later.
When I patinate a sculpture by burying it for a season, or letting moss and lichen grow on, or covering it with crushed ivy berries and snow, I'm giving it up to the elements. Relative to my sculptures, my life and body as elements as well; so, I also burn incense over them, spit liquor on them, and polish them with the palms of my hands til I'm raw. If I could arrange for my work to be shipwrecked by lightning and lost in the sea for 1000 years, I'd do that too.
Bronze is a material that changes its surface in response to the seasons and is coloured by everything it touches, even the air around it. Yet its lifespan is on the geographic scale: unless these are melted down to make cannonballs, as has been tradition, they'll outlive us all. I try to be sensitive enough to see this marriage of eternity and ephemerality reflected on the faces of my bronze paintings.
Lionize XIV: Shrine resting on the first proof of Lionize XV: Book of Forgetting. Both in process. Copper tones coming out. #leokrukowski #bronze #lionize #art #painting #brushstroke #pennies #eternity #ephemera #patina #elements #process #artist #canadianartist #natureart #instaart #studio #shrine #book #forgetting #torontoart