Birth is a pathway to eternity. Bones remain the sole witness of a mortal existence and provide a narrative of our earthly life. My work shows that death is not morbid, but simply the end of growth; I strive to resurrect forgotten spirits and recover stories of those deceased. In my sculptures, bones have a voice; they can now forever speak for themselves.
I dedicate this piece to my nephews Matt, Mike, and grandniece Amber, gone but not forgotten.
Twins: Night and Day is in good company for the next two months exhibiting at Manhattan Arts International online show, “New Beginnings”. What a way to end the year and begin a new one surrounded by so many talented artists! Check out this show masterfully curated by Renee Phillips, an outstanding artist coach, who is doing an amazing job of promoting emerging artists. Thank you so much, Renee, for all you do!
As a young child, I loved to draw. One day I showed a picture to my mother, and she took away all my pencils and crayons. Later I learned I had been a victim of abuse by a family member, and the drawing was likely an expression of what had been happening to me. I was too ashamed to express myself artistically in any fashion for a long time after that, so I never pursued art in school.
I have since learned to embrace my gift and trust my intuition. What I once thought to be an imperfection in myself, I now recognize as a family problem and not a reflection of who I am. In coping with childhood trauma, I have been blessed with the gift of disassociation – a retreat from the present into an inner world. It’s kind of like a time travel. From here I am able to create objects that manifest from both my pain and my gift. Now I am actually grateful for my childhood because it’s taken me to this amazing place in my life where I feel I do have a voice. I named the copper faced bone sculptures my “Prince of Tides Series” and I hope to offer some inspiration to others who may have faced similar trauma.
The Twins stand in the spotlight of human arrogance. They dance, carefree, appearing to cheat death. Gazing upon their beauty, we screen out the decaying teeth. We pause and accept these are indeed the remains of a mortal, yet still the fantasy persists, denying our fate is just as certain. How easy it is to look to the right or left of death and imagine our time is not borrowed.
Out of 450 submissions, two of Keith’s pieces were among the 50 chosen for The South Shore Art Center’s Juried Show: Out of Order, juried by Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, November 10–December 19th.
The Chalice is one of a series of raised vessels in which I experimented with the process of raising a flat copper sheet into a formed metal cup. The glowing silver cross and dangling rosary likely depicts early memories of Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s and a childhood of mysterious rituals I did not fully understand. The image evokes a somber stillness. I recall a collective body of formally dressed strangers towering over my head, hopeful seekers of redemption. Amidst the waft of frankincense and myrhh, I was hushed to silence, and so I focused on this mysterious cup: The Chalice.
When carving into this piece, I saw a mouth dropped open in horror and then many faces spiraling upward and outward in an apocalypse. This sculpture is about the evil of oppression and the dignified spirit of those trying to fight it off. The presence seems noble, yet haunting, so I named it “Dark Knight” to emphasize both its dark being and the experience of a dark passage.
BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Art Coalition) presents its 2nd Annual Affordable Art Show running weekends from September 24th – October 16th. Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator at NYC’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, selected these two pieces to be among 130 out of 929 works submitted. This is a high honor and we can’t wait to visit the Big Apple! Here is the link to that show: http://bwac.org/2016/02/the-really-really-affordable-art-show/
Hope to see you at the opening: Saturday, September 24, 1-6pm.