This graphic was discovered by accident and manipulated to what it is only because I recognized and appreciated it's aesthetic. There really wasn't any major amount of craft involved. Perhaps the only real attribute needed to define art is appreciation. Good and bad is subject to the level of appreciation by individuals or a community of people.
This is a first time collaboration between artist and designer Sarah Lillenberg and I. The title is Hours Worked.
I made this mallet as part of an assignment in an introductory woodworking class at 3rd Ward.
The ability to create is one of the most fulfilling characteristics of humanity. A trait born out of necessity and survival from the earliest "men and women." Form most certainly followed the function of objects which allowed us to become better than ourselves. It must have been truly beautiful to feel the very first spark of imagination that spurned these devices – and to celebrate in the reward of their fulfilled purpose. This is not all that dissimilar of motivation today. We must create to survive and to become better than ourselves.
We have escalated exponentially beyond the need for strictly functional creation and now there is no single focus. As the population grows the spectrum of creator splinters into specific roles. While this focus is a beautiful evolution it is becoming harder and harder to find that which we are truly meant to do. Feverishly we try to make something through our talents – screaming and shouting at the top of our lungs "I have something to share and it is beautiful!"
This is diluting the message and overwhelming it's listeners.