“I have a slightly morbid fascination with skulls (sorry, not sorry, it’s the art teacher in me!) and have many on hand in my classroom.
I don’t have any bird skulls so I found a nice image on a stock site to use and immediately started on a pyrography (woodburning) piece.
I experimented with a propane torch for the background but ended up having to “save” the piece with sand paper as I need more practice with that tool!
San Antonio-based artist Mary Jean Ruhnke makes use of gold leafing and inspired me to include that element. It helps to bring more meaning to the piece and asks the viewer to consider it more than just a still life. All in all I’m happy with how Reliquary turned out!Ross Hines
“Inspired by grandmother (Jean)’s as yet unfulfilled wish to have her ashes spread in the ocean between New York and Brazil.
I made that trek when I moved this year. I inherited her name and mental illness. She lives in my marrow.
In a way, when I float in the ocean–I am her restless bones returning to rest.”Pim Halka