Churner

2017
22 x 36 x 56" high
wood, bondo, shellac

The Churner and Sea of Milk are 2 parts of an ongoing work. The Serpent figure in Sea of Milk is continued on into The Churner.

These pieces were inspired by the great Hindu creation myth. In that story, two factions, the Gods, and their opponents, the Asuras agree to make an elixir of immortality by churning the Sea. They achieve this by dropping a mountain into the Sea around which they coil the great serpent, Vasuki.

So, for a thousand years, they churned--the Gods on the tail end with the Asuras pulling on the head. The ensuing complications and twists of the story are depicted in the sandstone reliefs at Angkor Wat. Seeing Angkor I was impressed by the scale of its sprawl. I was looking at it as a vast effort by tradesmen and bureaucrats which had the same scale as the myth.

Returning to Chicago, I saw the same creation myths overlayed on the city's history of civil engineering. My interpretation of the myth incorporates my labor experience as a tradesman and all its conflicts.