This is a visual pun. The facial image was captured with a fisheye lens and modeled on a curved surface to create this twice-distorted appearance.
In my fourth grade art class, I remember meticulously making a small head in clay. My classmates marveled at the level of detail I was able to achieve. I turned that project in for a grade and with the few minutes left in class, I quickly made an elephant which I turned in for extra credit. My sculpture of the head got a “C” for a grade and the elephant received an “A”. Furious at the gross injustice I suffered, I pressed my teacher for an explanation. Her response was insufficient and unacceptable to me. From that point on, I was always curious as to why one work of art was considered better than another. My parents took me to museums often and my father’s restaurant displayed the work of local artists. All the exposure to art must have had some impact on me. Throughout high school I elected to take art classes. By the time I entered Gustavus Adolphus College, I had made up my mind to pursue sculpture as a career. The careful mentoring and encouragement I received from sculptor Paul Granlund made my career choice possible. Paul gave me the training, the knowledge and the benefit of his years of experience which showed me what the life of a sculptor was like. Graduate school at the University of Minnesota was like a meat grinder for me. I struggled as I had to develop imagery that was both personal and unique. I came up with work that had a spiritual presence without belonging to any specific religion. Since receiving a M.F.A. degree, most of my sculpture has been created on a commissioned basis. That means individuals or groups have put their trust in me to create something special that fits their needs. I work to put the needs of my client and my personal artistic interest in a compatible form.