Archive for month: September, 2013

Guantanamo Part 1

Guantanamo The History

This is a tragic figure of a young man tied to a post and then shot.

This work was originally entitled: “A Tribute to the Military Genius of General Foch”. A sarcastic reference to this WW1 general’s military doctrine of: “pursuing a forceful offensive under all circumstances.”

This forceful offensive was responsible for the atrocious casualties suffered during much of the 1st World War, and also lead to the horrendous treatment of the troops who hesitated to willingly throw themselves to their death.

By Blake and Boky


The Phantom Boudicca

The Phantoms are visually transformed by the gold leaf placed in the interior of these pieces.

I am highlighting the inside of this series of work in order to bring the viewer’s attention to our inner landscape and to give both symbolic and material value to our inner selves. These pieces are commenting on our  intelligence and the growing awareness of our conscious and subconscious selves. Below are photos of the Phantom Boudicca.

By Blake and Boky

Angel Ramiel in the Foundry

The Angel Ramiel

The process of completing a bronze sculpture in the foundry is quite complicated and involves many phases, some of the stages of finishing or “chasing” a bronze are show below.

Fragments: 2013 Cluster Munition Monitor

The Fragments Collection

Within the Fragments body of work, I am seeking to draw attention to our ideas of aesthetics by creating purposefully deconstructed sculptures.

The purpose is not to copy ancient forms nor is it to extol their beauty, but to raise awareness of the destructive nature of war and its devastating effect on innocent people.

It is hope, not sorrow, that I wish to propagate with Fragments.  In conjunction with many charities, since 2007, I have continued to donate the proceeds from sales of this work to help clear landmines.

Cluster Munitions are just another form of landmine and I am including this report in my journal to remind us that there are still organizations in the field clearing these deadly remnants of war.

The following report was recently released and brought to my attention by Peter Dudley.

The 2013 Cluster Munition Monitor was released today and it contains some very good news.

During 2012, state parties to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) destroyed a total of 173,973 cluster munitions and 27 million submunitions—the most in a year since the convention was adopted and far exceeding 2011 totals, when states destroyed a total of 107,000 cluster munitions and 17.6 million submunitions.

Under the terms of the treaty, states parties have a maximum period of eight years to destroy their stockpiled cluster munitions, but most are completing their destruction in half that time.

The CCM prohibits the use, production, transfer, and stockpiling of cluster munitions. It also requires clearance of cluster munition remnants within 10 years and immediate access to assistance for victims of the weapons. Currently, 83 countries have ratified the treaty and are fully bound by its provisions.

Canada has signed the treaty but still has not completed the ratification process.

“The government’s draft implementation legislation is out of step with the impressive progress being made by this treaty” said Paul Hannon, executive director of Mines Action Canada. “When Parliament returns it needs to amend Bill S-10 to send a strong message that Canada will never support the use of cluster munitions by anyone anywhere.”

To read more about Canada’s position and why civil society groups have a problem with it, click here.

While civil society groups are pleased with the wide spread acceptance of the CCM, they are disheartened to learn that the United States will be selling 1,300 cluster munitions to Saudia Arabia. To learn more about that and the response, click here.


Foundry Dented Angel Azer

Angel Azer: The Angel of fire.

This Angel required an important repair in the foundry, it was not that difficult to do in the end but meant that I needed to cut the piece, which can always go wrong if one is not careful.



Creating Angel Aquariel

When creating Angel Aquariel I worked directly in wax with one of the many moulds that I have created over the years.

This is an overview of some of the stages I go through starting with the wax and finishing with the bronze figure. I have shown the sculpture in two different stages of wax; being created and in bronze; once it has been “chased” or cleaned up and then again with the surface colour or patina being added.

Below I have created the wax surface and added the interior structure to the model.

The wax sculpture was cast into bronze using the “Lost Wax Method” of casting.

By Boky and Blake

Islam’s Veil

A short speech by Winston Churchill, 1899. The fourth paragraph remains inspiration for this work. Islam’s Veil

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.

The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.

Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome …”

Sir Winston Churchill                      (Source: The River War, first edition, Vol II, pages 248-250 London).

Phantom Failure

The process of creating the Phantom series of sculpture has taken a great deal of experimentation, and sometimes there is what I call a ” phantom failure “.

It has proven very difficult to get a perfect cast, as the method of coating the wax in a “Ceramic Shell” allows the liquid ceramic slurry to penetrate deep into any opening in the wax and thus infiltrating deep into the spaces on the lace like surface.


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