Wolf, Shepard, Sheep

Wolf, Shepard, Sheep, #2-4, 2021 (Series)

Scrap metal, tank parts, steel wool, cement, and acrylic paint.

72 x 48 x 36 in.

72 x 48 x 36 in.

54 x 48 x 36 in.

The Wolf, Shepard, Sheep series tells the story of three variant life paths or ways of moving through the world.

The three Sheep represent community and togetherness. The sheep are guided by the Shepard and hunted by the wolf. They are codependent on one another, and they find comfort in groups. Rarely do they have independent thoughts of their own; however, they are masters of working together towards a common goal, and as a group, they have the power to accomplish anything. These three sheep are made of 55-gallon steel drum barrels, which share a commonality with Sheep because they have both been mass-transported around the globe to provide goods. I made three sheep in total: Mouton, Sheep, and Ovejo. Two of them stand upright, and the wolf has slain the other and lies dead on its side. The hair of the Sheep is made of steel wool, representing Sheep’s wool and the hair texture of humans. The base of each piece is made of tank tracks from the same tank that I commanded in the Army. The neck of each piece is made of tractor blades, representing the Sheep’s connection to the Earth and their ability to cultivate the land. These three sculptures invoke togetherness, community, and the accomplishment of goals through group effort.