Sprawl (terracotta) 2011

Sprawl consists of three figures gazing off in the distance, as if dreaming. A heavy I-beam—which references the infrastructure–hovers over each, indicating possible danger. Despite the threat they appear to remain hopeful for their futures as they look forward.

The figures where modeled in clay as two-thirds life-sized portraits of three distinct individuals. Started over eight years ago when the three studied art at Mott, these representations mark a transition for each. They have since gone on to their adult lives. This piece represents my fears for them as they mature in an environment filled with high unemployment and crime rates.