I was a passenger in a car driving along in Port Townsend, Washington, the narrow streets lined with tall evergreens and not much else. It was about 10pm and the local radio was being master-controlled by the regular Saturday-night-spirit-journeyman, Captain Peacock. He played Tipper – Dreamster, and what you see above was inspired by the many visuals that his music encouraged.
I want to switch this particular stimulus-response up this time: instead of responding to my image, try responding to a piece of particularly inspiring music. (Tipper is highly recommended.)
“Visitation” had a spacey, alien vibe that led me to try silver sheet metal. At first glance (plus the title) I immediately saw the half-circle as a UFO. I thought the shape would look great as a pendant. I tried experimenting with hammering and sanding metals to give a grungy, granite look that connects it with the original image.
I was encouraged by that piece to think about death masks and honoring the dead, and while King Tut was a short lived ruler, he still had the most lavish and lasting burial in history. His death mask is recognizable on sight and his name is attached without even needing to think about it. The ancient Egyptians honored their dead royalty in a way intended to last FOREVER, and our culture helps ensure that (the King Tut exhibit traveled the world and only three years ago did it return to Egypt for the foreseeable future). No world leaders get such a treatment today, much less your average person.
They say you die two deaths. First, when your heart stops beating, and second when someone speaks your name for the last time.