Size: 14″ x 6.75″ x ~1″
Black Shine was made using two different styles of jewelry pendants mounted on glass with a wallpaper sample background.
I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.
Black Shine was born from a framing accident. I bought the first frame for The Last Sin. I ended up messing up the glass for the original frame. While cleaning the adhesive off the glass, I somehow managed to scratch up the frame. Upon returning to the store, I decided to by two frames, just in case I messed up another one. I don’t normally take the approach but for some reason, this time I did.
Rather than just return the unneeded frame, I kept it. It sat in my studio for three years. I finally decided something needed to be done with it. I had purchased the large square pendants in the center, but they too sat in my studio looking for a purpose. The smaller square beads also just sat collecting dust. I first decided the pendants fit nicely in a row down the center of the glass. I thought they needed something else though. The smaller squares seemed a natural fit since they more or less match the larger ones. I abstractly placed those on either side. I purposely did not try to align them in any way. I wanted them to be random. In hindsight, I’m not sure I’m overly fond of that decision.
The background is a wallpaper sample. I’ve worked for a few architecture firms over the years. They all have libraries full of huge books featuring samples of wall paper, flooring, and other materials. Periodically a company will update those books, which means the old ones just get thrown out. I kept a bunch of the wallpaper samples after one of the updates. My plan was to scan them in to use as a basis for digital textures. I never got around to that. When I was totally stuck for what the background of this piece should be, I ended up going through my samples.