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 large, 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.