Waste plaster casts (cut and tumbled), waste wood (laser engraved) and industrial felt, scrap metal (sandblasted), ink_244 x 274 x 8cm_2018
“Konstverktyg” is a series of discarded plaster casts made into drawing tools which require drawing surfaces that are responsive to their materiality: chalk can draw on most slightly abrasive surfaces, but plaster needs an extremely toothy surface in order to act like chalk. The surfaces were created by sandblasting and inking scrap metal taken from my father’s autobody shop, after he announced it would soon close prematurely due to his failing health. The work’s title is Swedish for “Art Tools,” in reference to the name of his shop (Swede’s Sandblasting), and our distant heritage as settler Canadians. A shelf and brush made from post-consumer materials like industrial felt and wood waste complete each work in this series of twenty sculptures, pictured here as a site-specific installation.
When purchased, the collector must choose which form of preservation is more important to them: preservation of the drawing, which requires use of the tool, or preservation of the tool, which is consumed a bit more each time it is drawn with.
Each shelf becomes a custom container to hold the tool and brush, made from post-consumer MDF and foam underlay.