Stoneware, underglaze, house paint, nail polish — fired to cone 6; 50″ x 50″ x 36″ 

This sculpture was slab-built over the course of several weeks in response to Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. A sudden transformation has resulted in an alternative stable state, a bewildering turn of events the beetle is powerless to resolve. He is uncomfortable in his body, unwieldy, awkward his fragile limbs disfigured, as if he has struggled to right himself in a panic before surrendering to his new position of vulnerability.

This piece is part of the permanent collection in the sculpture garden at California College of the Arts.