Miriam Carpenter | Find Your Bearings

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Miriam Carpenter | Find Your Bearings
All items are original, and signed by the artist(s).
Miriam Carpenter
New Hope, Pennsylvania

Find Your Bearings, 2017
Wood, stainless steel ball bearing, gesso, wax
5 x 5 x 5 inches | 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm

“Find Your Bearings” is to recognize or determine one’s orientation, position, or abilities relative to one’s surroundings or situation.

I must say, this was a terrifying, tedious and pretty exciting experiment. After turning the sphere, I created a jig to fix my router at a consistent depth so that I was able to rotate the sphere to create a maze with an undercut track which captures a ball bearing. It is a literal and figurative reflection of the idiomatic expression.

Turned sphere with routered maze track. Finished with wood bleach, gesso and wax.

About the Artist:
Miriam Carpenter is an artist, researcher and designer based in New Hope, Pennsylvania. After graduating from RISD in 2006, she designed furniture alongside Mira Nakashima for seven years. In 2014, she was awarded the Windgate ITE Residency sponsored by the Center for Art in Wood together with four wood artists from Japan, Canada, West Ghana and the United States. The year following, she lived, worked, and studied with furniture makers, sculptors, scholars, and environmental stewards in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Miriam is currently living and working as Artist in Residence at the Antonin Raymond Estate in New Hope, PA. She is most passionate about exploring the potential in the environment around her and in working side-by-side with those filled with enthusiasm and creative spirit, to support a common endeavor.