The Beached series is made up of materials that are commonly used in the construction of surfboards, as well as found objects that relate to surfing and life at the beach.
Acquiring the materials used in this series was one of the most satisfying parts of the entire project. Since some of the components that make up the sculptures aren't things you can just buy from the art store, it made for a more time consuming, but unique and interesting experience. Wandering up and down the beach searching for washed up driftwood, exploring the aisles of KJP hardwood warehouse in awe at the size and array of species of wood I had never even heard of - let alone seen, cruising by garbage bins to see if anyone had miraculously thrown out a surfboard (it was a long shot, but actually ended up paying off believe it or not), conducting science experiments in the studio to get salt crystals to grow on old pieces of balsa, and a couple trips to Surf Side for wax was what gathering the materials for this project consisted of.
The driftwood collecting was an amazing day spent on the beach with my mom, who was a great help at both finding pieces and helping me carry them all the way back to the car. Most of this stuff was not your average beach twig that can hang out of your back pocket, the pieces were large, heavy, and awkward to carry. That being said, finding it all and getting it back to the house was the easy part. Cutting extremely uneven, and odd shaped driftwood full of water and sand on an old table saw not equipped with safety gear was the sketchy part. I found out that sand in wood tends to create a lot of sparks, and then I found out it also tends to dull your saw blade quite quickly. I was using my dads saw, so apologies to him for leaving his blade not much sharper than a butter knife. I owe you one.