You can call it production, I call it Zen or an almost spiritual meditation to make, individually by hand, 150 crystal mobiles. As an exercise it focuses the mind to creating something new.
As an artist, I have a choice of whether to make one grand statement, or shall I invite hundreds or even thousands of people into one grand conversation. That conversation remains, persistently, what makes a world of joy and wonder? Do we stand for that, or for something else? These mobiles in the $20-$40 price range are accessible, widely, as intended.
Part of the process in the Winter, beside studio upgrades and study, is the go through the collection of previously made components and bring them up to a higher level. As Picasso observed, no piece is completed until it's purchased. Art is a way of speaking. It's a conversation.
As the production of smaller pieces nears completion I continue to make larger pieces. As the larger pieces are completed, the more adventurous designs begin to emerge. While not pictured in this discussion, the larger and more singular pieces always move along and reveal themselves in the days preceeding such events as the Bayou City Arts Fair and King William Fair.
I picked up a scallop shell off the beach in Corpus Christi, in the morning before a show. I have been studying this shell for several years through the chasing and repousse process in metal. I have trace the outline of the shell to chisel into bronze, silver or copper. This time I have taken a photograph of the back of the shell, and extruded the outline using photoshop, an application originally invented for artists. Using the hyper real photographic extrusion I discovered huge irregularity in the form of the shell. The production mobiles are a lot like seashells. There are a lot of them. To the eye, they all look the same. Only by a very close inspection can we detect that each one is a unique individual. They may be a bit like human beings, only as with the sea shell imaged in the picture above, in reverse. We are in their midsts, and up close we detect the differences and detail. While up in our moon lander, there are only a few models, and they are so similar, they would look about the same.