Artist

Labold: A Day in the Life

What is a typical day anymore anyway? Almost every day starts the same, turn on the radio and listen to the news, which always seems to be a little too dark for first thing in the morning. Rising authoritarianism at home and abroad, refugee crises, climate change, mass shootings, political .....

Labold: A Day in the Life

What is a typical day anymore anyway? Almost every day starts the same, turn on the radio and listen to the news, which always seems to be a little too dark for first thing in the morning. Rising authoritarianism at home and abroad, refugee crises, climate change, mass shootings, political divisions, income inequality… Maybe a nice lighthearted story about a dog show. I always start out the day with NPR, so inevitably something lighthearted will break the analysis of the longest running US governments shutdowns economic impact on government employees being used as hostages in a cheap political stunt to fulfill an empty campaign promises. So many mornings start with a strong internal monologue along the lines of “is this guy for real…” What do I make work in response to… can I respond to it all quickly enough, is anyone even going to remember this by the time the work is done?! It can be paralyzing, but coffee helps get me moving.

My studio practice varies, typically I’ll spend countless hours creating wax assemblages, looking for the right cherub to adorn a pistol or Coca-Cola bottle, welding endless Abraham Lincoln heads together, and so on. The process can be very meticulous and planned out but also becomes intuitive and meditative. As of late I’ve been directing those meditations on the US national problem of gun violence. Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting and we’re still dealing with mass shootings, still having the same debates. Last year was inspiring to see the Parkland students channel their grief into activism, but by fall another mass shooting fueled by bigotry had claimed more lives. I try to find a way to work both that optimism and distress into my waxes until I feel they are ready to transform to glass.

Mold making, glassblowing, divesting, coldworking, gluing, and finishing with mixed media. Each one is its own day- or days!- and few seem too typical. But doubtless tomorrow’s news will hold some outraged inspiration for the next piece

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