Saturday, April 16, 2011


"Totems" by Lance Cardinal

Here is the final project I did for my Emily Carr University Sculpture Advanced class. It is called "Totems". Its made form resin and wood and has lights on the inside. It stands 40" x 27" x 12". This piece talks about obsession, desire, and religious worship of aboriginal artifacts and tourist souvenirs. I was born and raised a Catholic and I often deal with these types of intellectual issues through my work. It is meant to promte discussion and consideration and it is also part of my journey to discover who I am as a First Nations artist. Please enjoy the pics and comments.
The totems are cast from a dollar store artifact made in Korea

"Totems" by Lance Cardinal. Charles H Scott Gallery.
Part of the process. Here you can see the original totem and the testing of resin color.

I was trying to achieve a deep candy apple red..this was too light.

These are the final totems ready to be displayed.

The wood base was made from MDF and maple wood which i built from scratch.The surface for the totems is cut acrylic that i sandblasted for frosted effect.

"Totems" by Lance Cardinal