This life-size John Lennon portrait bust was created for the upcoming "Lennon" exhibition, May 9th-June 6th at Krab Jab Studios (Seattle, WA). When asked to interpret one of Lennon's most famous melodies, I set out to create a dive helmet as whimsical as the titular song. The finished sculpture includes numerous hidden references, sure to capture the imagination of any Beatles fan.
Rufus Burgoon worked as a salvage diver, scouring the depths for scrap to pay the bills. His office was a realm of sunken ships and mysterious creatures. While most men long for such adventures, Rufus only wanted someone to share them with.
One evening while returning from his daily dive, Rufus encountered a bizarre scene; a man sat sobbing on the beach next to the largest puppy Rufus had ever seen. The distraught man explained that “Rosco” had outgrown his home. The townspeople banned the puppy, whose enormous paws damaged lawns and destroyed the landscaping each time he went for a walk. Taking pity on the man, Rufus agreed to adopt the puppy. “Where we’re going, we won’t need roads,” winked the diver.
Mudpuppy: Mark One
2015 Chesley Award: Best Three Dimensional Art
It waits within its dark domain,
Where sirens call and fishes sleep,
Its single goal is to obtain,
A soul it shall forever keep,
Take heed child and do not linger,
Near the water's edge where mothers weep,
For children lost to the wretched fingers,
Of the monster lurking in the deep,
So hear these words and learn them well,
And pray that you may never know,
That haunted realm where darkness dwells,
Or the wicked grasp of the Grindylow,
The brainchild of a deranged inventor, the Seppuku is perhaps the most diabolical device of the Victorian Era. As a means of obtaining secrets from the isolated Japanese Empire, the submersible was used to slice open the hulls of unsuspecting ships, allowing the operator to gather the precious cargo undetected.
The result of a junk drawer diving excursion, Depth Charge is made entirely of found objects.
Cat Fish Helm
The Black Cat
"Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up to the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake…the Kraken!" -Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest