Totem -
Totem was created using my grandfather's lead fishing sinkers- sinkers my dad and I fished with for years. I melted them, and poured the lead into toy soldier molds that my dad bought for me when I was a kid.

I wanted to make a work that connected me to my father, and my late grandfather who I hardly knew. And it was important to do so using concrete materials that physically, not metaphorically connected us.

I mismatched the molds to create abstract forms that transcend their intended purpose. Then I painted them with model paint I saved from when my dad and I used to make soldiers together.