Cycas revoluta bulbil
Keith Edmier locates the intersection of the personal and the public to create works that mine our shared memory and history. Beverly Edmier (a Madonna-like image of the artist's mother, dressed as Jackie Kennedy, with the artist visible in embryo), and Farrah Fawcett (a marble sculpture of the actress) draw upon classical formalism and popular culture. Edmier's meditations on natural forms entangled with human interactions and interpretations have led to works such as Victoria Regia (Second Night
Bloom) and Victoria Regia (First Night Bloom), delicate water lilies rendered very large scale in dental resin. His early experience as a fabricator of orthodontic appliances and later as a prosthetic special effects artist for Hollywood movies informs his exploration of new materials as well as his imagery.
To make Cycas revoluae bulbil, Keith Edmier developed new techniques for
pouring molten lava in collaboration with Graphicstudio's fabricators and University geologists. Basalt, the solid form of lava, was crushed, heated to the melting point, and poured around the form of a cycad plant, leaving a cavity with an impression of the cycad. A urethane resin cast of a cycad
plant was hand painted and attached to the lava form. Edmier has been interested in making sculpture with molten rock from the earth's core for several years. In Hawaii he investigated the phenomenon of lava tree molds, created when molten lava engulfs a live, wet tree, leaving a negative cavity
or impression. The cycad is an ancient plant that has survived with few changes for millions of years. Although there are male and female cycads, the plant can reproduce asexually, by generating pups of the same sex as the parent. His plant sculptures address aspects of sexuality -- the male and
female functions of reproduction, renewal and rebirth.
Keith Edmier & Farrah Fawcett: Recasting Pygmalion A collaborative Art Project (Essay by Lynn Zelevansky)
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