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CUTTLEBONE

1999, plaster, 7" long, by Chris Wayan

In sculpture class we used milk cartons to make plaster blocks to carve. All my attempts at sculpture looked boxy to me, so at last in desperation I cut a block diagonally, creating two long wedges like the tears of a Cubist. Carved and painted it a dozen times, but no matter what I did it looked like the skull of Milk-Carton Man and I hated it. The thirteenth time it turned into a parakeet's cuttlebone, or something. So I painted it and rested and was content.
A complete art history in one paragraph. You want to turn lead into gold, you settle for turning boxes into... not boxes.

Never mind, it's just as indescribable once you've seen it. Click to enlarge.


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