Untitled

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    Photo: Dan Jurgens
1987
Found wood, roots, roots, glass bottles, wire, window screen, paint, Bondo, and Splash Zone compound
111 x 108 x 24 inches

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This untitled assemblage is an outgrowth Dial's of root sculptures. Bottles hold branches that rise up to touch the small gestural painting above them.

This untitled assemblage is an outgrowth Dial's of root sculptures. Bottles hold branches that rise up to touch the small gestural painting above them. Above the smaller painting is a larger one; both contain twigs that are freely splashed with paint, repeating the shapes and energetic lines of the bottle sculptures below. The artist uses natural materials to depict the power of nature, to convey the animistic sense that man and nature are one—that sentient life exists in rocks and trees and water, and we share in the universal spirit—an abstract concept found at the mystical levels of most religions. Later paintings continue to incorporate tree branches as metaphors for people and animals, but never relinquish a connection with nature as an all encompassing spirit. This work can be interpreted as a trinity of the earth, human beings, and a heavenly realm.