plow disc #tt

Old rusty plow disc, upcycled into high-end art.

plow disc
old plow disc.JPG

This plow disc has traveled from the farmland in Florida, to my studio in Wyoming, and finally found peace in Iowa. I don’t know how many states its traveled in, but I’m sure its more than most Americans*.

*I just looked up the average number of states an American has visited… it’s 12. I then counted the path of travel for this plow and it has traveled to 13 total states that I know of. Very impressive plow disc, very impressive.

I first found this disc at a flea market in Florida while visiting my mother and grandparents for Thanksgiving last year. While I was there, I managed to capture this photograph of a Monarch Butterfly, which one day I will paint. ;)

monarch butterfly.jpg

Then I left the plow disc with my grandparents to drive home with, as I had to take a flight and could not pack it in my carry-on nor afford to ship it back to Wyoming. On their journey to Wyoming in the Spring, they first stopped to visit my aunt and uncle in Minnesota before continuing on.

By the time I received it, I still had no idea what I was going to make of this insanely heavy monstrosity of a piece. Also, I was slightly intimidated by the amount of prevalent rust.

I loaded it in the back of my truck and it remained there… for 5 more months. Between the rain and snow the disc encountered, I’m sure my rust problem didn’t improve.

Then, out of the blue, my sister called me, commissioning me to create a unique piece of artwork for her new apartment. Instantly I thought of the old rusty plow disc, rusting away in the bed of my pickup. We then coordinated which way it would face (flower or boob pose I believe were my references), and color schemes.

This whole transaction took place at the beginning of August. Fast forward two months, now October, and my sister is in town to visit and wants to pick up her plow disc… which being the proficient procrastinator that I am, is not done. As I was frantically putting together mandala clocks, and log slices to mount them on, I had put it on the back burner.

Finally, the day after my show, and also the day before my sister left, I sat down and went to work. Thankfully I had my cat, Nike, by my side throughout the entire 10 hour process.

mandala disc
cat supervisor

By the time our family dinner rolled around, I had completed one of the most amazing pieces I have ever created. I am so excited to have created this masterpiece, and that it found a home in the family.

Now with an original hanging in Iowa, I have artwork hanging in 22 out of 50 states. Check out the map here. If you live in a state that I haven’t reached yet, I am offering a 10% discount and free shipping on your order.

If you’re reading this, thank you for your support and curiosity. I really appreciate you!

I am grateful for:

  • Oliver, for finally being the one to come see me

  • Nike, for all of her wonderful company during my projects. I’m sure that the plow disc has a hair or two of Nike’s embedded in it.

  • My friends and family, I couldn’t do what I do without their love and support

  • Matcha tea, I need you in my body

  • The art of Yoga, for helping me heal

mandala disc