My new pieces came together from some photos I took of branches around my house. We have a lot of scrub oak with really interesting branch structures. I like the way the branch sillouettes look against the sky in the fall and winter when they have no leaves.
The rock aspect of the collection was originally inspired from rocks I found at the Oregon Coast. On beach walks, I collected rocks that were almost black and very smooth. I took some back with me to Colorado. I liked to have all the rocks in a pile on my work
bench. When I cleared off my work space and just had those smooth black rocks it felt very zen and they were simple and beautiful. When I thought about a new direction somehow the rocks and branches came together. They were both raw and structural but the rock and stick forms seemed to balance each other. Then of course I was noticing the river rocks at the Crystal River near my house. When the river is low, there are so many colored smooth rocks on the river bed. So those rocks also made it into my studio and into my work.
Naming a collection
It is always difficult to name a collection. Compose Decompose refers more to the process of creating pieces than the actual pieces. When you carve a piece out of wax you are either building up wax or taking away wax and usually it is a combination of both. It also is a reference to mother nature– how plants, animals, and humans grow and are built up and then slowly decompose until they are transformed to help new growth, generating the cycle of life.
All the amazing photos of my work above and on my web site www.colbyjune.com are taken by Clarissa Schneider. She lives in Denver where she does excellent photography.