1999, plaster, 7" long, by Chris Wayan
In sculpture class we used milk cartons to make plaster blocks to carve. All my attempts at sculpture looked boxy to me, so at last in desperation I cut a block diagonally, creating two long wedges like the tears of a Cubist. Carved and painted it a dozen times, but no matter what I did it looked like the skull of Milk-Carton Man and I hated it. The thirteenth time it turned into a parakeet's cuttlebone, or something. So I painted it and rested and was content.
A complete art history in one paragraph. You want to turn lead into gold, you settle for turning boxes into... not boxes.
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