Bronze "Cheii" | by Michael Gorman
Cheii will be my first bronze work. I'm starting now with a mold casting where each piece will be detailed in wax then the final bronze will have patinas applied to create the final look. Although all will be cast from the same master mold, each will be uniquie in the details and final look.
I am still designing the base for the pieces but each will have a base to compliment and accent the beauty of the sculpture.
The Edition will be:
Artist's Edition - 20
Artist's Proof - 2
Fountry Proof - 2
Record Casting - 1
Total castings - 25
In Navajo we have two words for Grandfather: Nálí and Cheii. We inherit our clan through our mothers and when we meet someone, it is important that we establish our relation to them. We will say our [mother's] clan, and that we are born for our father's clan. Then we will also tell our grandfathers clans, our Cheii and our Nálí. It is in this way that we are related to one another.
"Cheii" is a one-of-a-kind raku-fired stoneware sculpture. It depicts a Navajo man drapped in a chief's blanket and wearing a rust colored hat. His hair is tied in a traditional tsii'yéeł [Navajo Bun]. His blanket hugs his shoulder and curves up on the left, framing his face in profile. As you rotate the sculpure, his feeling and mood shift.
Height: 8 1/8"
Materials: Stoneware, White Crackle Raku, Red Iron Oxide, Black underglaze
Pictured on a cedar base by Vincent Lauricella