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Milk Batholith

Michael O'Reilly


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Milk Batholith

A batholith is a granite rock formation pushed up from deep inside the earth, often with a curved aspect, such as Yosemite's famous Half Dome. This piece evolved from various experiments with my process, in which I attempted to preserve a convex shape without weaving the wire panel back into itself.

5"H × 14"W × 14"D
Mixed Media
Brass EDM wire and white Flex Seal rubber.


I work with wire, but I could be most accurately described as a mesh artist, because I weave sections that can be worked like a soft textile or stiffened for heavier applications. The process I’ve developed is based on the principle of elegant efficiency, and results in something distinctly organic looking. My core methods are built around only a few simple rules laid out by the natural properties and physical limits of the wire, just as a potter works within the limits of the clay.

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