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MEDALLIC WORKS

UNIQUE BRONZE CASTINGS

A fairly large body of medallic art has been forming since the early 2000s. Themes and motifs can be expanded far greater in this art form, even though the dimensions of medallic art dwindle in comparison to sculpture in the round. The ability to work two sides in sympathetic or diverse scope and the traditional use of scribing on the surface gives increased potential for implementing ideas.

The medals use elements, signs, symbols, and words from earlier investigations in painting and sculpture; portals and openings, pathways and meanders, the chthonic realm, the universal egg, lunar cycles, wraith creatures and animal symbols in various combinations along with words and figuration. Then in 2006, the enduring serpent path entered the works, as themes of renewal and regeneration and of origin and destination dominated. The SERPENT PATH and DUALITY medals continue in this overall body of work both mythic and cryptic.

 

Canadian Numismatic Association convention

The Hilton, Mississauga, Ontario

August 7- 11, 2018

These 2 medals were exhibited (MASC Members Exhibition) throughout June 2018 at the Lee Matasi Gallery, Ottawa School of Art, in conjunction with the 35th FIDEM congress at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

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MEDAL OF INSPIRATION
patinated bronze, 13 x 9 x 1.5 cm

The obverse of this personal medal is scribed with the artist’s initials (R Mc) in a sculptural Cubist manner.
The reverse holds a curious bat-like creature swirling from the depths of its ground to emerge on the edge of inspiration and creation. 

 

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MEDAL OF STRENGTH
patinated bronze, 11.5 x 11.5 x 2.5 cm

A medal with two sides of equal value symbolizing two aspects of strength and power.
Two animals of prey are captured on a circular format floating within a textured squared frame containing their pertinent descriptive words.

 

MASC - THE GREAT WAR EXHIBITION at Fort York, Toronto ON

December 3, 2016 - April 30, 2017

Medal title: 1914

Medal Description: With pinchers spread and gaping maw, a monstrous beetle rolls over a devastated landscape, pocked with holes and trenches. The year marks the onset of this horrendous period but, also marks the end of humanity's climb to the modern age and its calamitous plunge into it.

The sacred dung beetle, the scarab, was revered as a sign of change and regeneration in ancient Egypt and is used here accordingly. The reverse shows the devouring head, a corrosive helmet-like form, and a partial cross.

1914
2016
bronze, 11 x 11 x 4 cm

 

FIDEM XXXIV - GHENT 2016

September 6, 2016 – January 13, 2017

Three newly finished medallic works have been selected to represent Canada in the upcoming Biennial Exhibition of medallic sculpture in Belgium.

All three medals deal with passage, the path we travel, and obstacles to face or overcome. All have openings through to the opposite side where the story continues. The story is of the viewers' own making; the path travelled is theirs to determine.

MEDAL OF PASSAGE #6
2015
bronze, 11 x 10 x 2 cm

 

STREAM PATH
2015
bronze, 10 x 10 x 2.5 cm

 

PROTECTOR OF THE PATH
2015
bronze, 11 x 11 x 2 cm

 

CATALOGUE OF MEDALLIC WORKS

 

LUNAR PASSAGE
2001
bronze, 11 x 11 x 5 cm 


INNER PASSAGE  (1 of 2)
2001    
bronze, 10 x 10 x 3 cm 

 

CRYPTIC MEDAL #1 – SECRET 
2002  
bronze, 14 x 10.5 x 3 cm  

 

CRYPTIC MEDAL #2 – VEIL
2002   
bronze, 14 x 10.5 x 3 cm

 

CRYPTIC MEDAL #3 – MASK   
2002
bronze, 14 x 10 x 4 cm   

 

CHTHONIC PASSAGE #1 
2004      
bronze, 13 x 12.5 x 3 cm 

 

 

CHTHONIC PASSAGE #2 
2005      
bronze, 10 x 13.5 x 2 cm   

 

   

CHTHONIC PASSAGE #3  
2006
bronze, 12 x 12 x 3 cm 

 

CHTHONIC PASSAGE #4 – EROS/THANATOS 
2006  
bronze, 11 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm

 

MEDAL OF PASSAGE / TALISMAN OF HOPE 
2006   
bronze, 13 x 11 x 2 cm    

 

SERPENT PATH #1 
2007
bronze, 11 x 11 x 1.5 cm 

 

CYCLE MEDAL #1 – SHANK 
2009     
bronze, 14 x 11 x 2 cm                               

 

CYCLE MEDAL #2 – STREAM  
2009  
bronze, 12 x 11.5 x 4 cm                             

 

SERPENT PATH #2 
2009       
bronze, 11 x 11 x 2.5 cm 

 

SERPENT PATH #3  
2010    
bronze, 11 x 11 x 1.5 cm   

 

STREAM PASSAGE OF REGENERATION
2015
bronze, 11 x 11 x 2 cm

 

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