This was a fun project.... I created a fireplace mantel sculpture for a mountain home located in Cashiers, North Carolina. The home has been in the family for many, many years and now the current owners are doing an upgrade to add their special touch to the home. Part of the new addition was including original artwork. I worked with these clients to create a 60" wide x 20" tall sculpture that would not only be full and invoke a 'nested' aesthetic but also be open enough to enjoy the beautiful original rockwork on the fireplace.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.