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Callistemon final.jpg

Callistemon, Hand cut and etched brass and copper, 13.5 by 17 by 3

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Getting ready for framing.

Conjunction.jpg

Hand cut brass framed in sycamore. 8 Inches circular.

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About Blake

Baltimore County

Blake M Conroy is from Aberdeen, Maryland. He holds a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Blake is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In a world that commodifies nature, Blake shows us the individuality of every living thing. After drawing and laser-cutting images of the same subject viewed from different perspectives, he layers these multimedia sheets atop each other, forcing the viewer to look closely enough to... more

Callistemon

This is a cut metal piece. It is composed of 3 layers, 2 brass and one copper. They are hand cut. The top two layers are an image of the flower "Callistemon" or bottle brush flower. The middle layer has etching of a butterfly that was cut through with the flower image. They evolved together. The bottom layer has dna from the virus called phiX174. It was the first organism sequenced in 1977 by Frederick Sanger. It is the foundation of life and this piece. This layer is also cut through with another image of a flower.

Cut Metal

Hand cut pieces in copper and brass.

  • Conjunction.jpg

    Hand cut brass framed in sycamore. 8 Inches circular.
  • Fibonacci's mirror (2).jpg

    Fibonaccvi's Mirror, Hand cut brass and copper with sycamore frame, 12 by 8 by 4
  • Weevol.jpg

    Cut brass and copper . Cut and etched brass and copper on white oak carving with a sycamore frame. 20 inches by 16 inches by 3 inches.
  • Weevol detail.jpg

    Cut and etched brass and copper, 20 inches by 16 inches by 3 inches. Detail.
  • Cob.jpg

    Hand cut copper. Image of corn cob, 11.75 inches by 8.5 inches.

Fossil

Pointillist sculpture of a dragonfly. Hundreds of hole drilled into a 1/4 steel plate and backlit.

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    Pointillist sculpture of a dragonfly drilled into a 1/4 thick steel plate and backlit.

Brooklyn O'Malley Collaboration

In Collaboration with Nicole Fall we created 5 window grates for the Brooklyn O'Malley Boys and Girls Club. This was a true collaboration, not only between Nicole Fall and myself, but with the students and staff of the Boys and Girls Club. Nicole taught classes at the center and came up with the idea of having the students pose for photographs for the grates.Jess Lorde was hired for the Photom session. The images were then redrawn and water jet cut in aluminum. They were then powder coated. This was all made possible by a grant from Gutierrez Memorial Fund.

Definition of Monoculture

The image of a cornfield is a metaphor for the way we use the earth. It is a planned field with one crop that predominates.  The weeds, insects,  and microscopic life, anything not corn, in and around the cornfield are just an after thought. The area as a whole is not even in the picture. 

We are changing the environment for profit. Monsanto pioneered no-till farming with genetically engineered corn. Farmers using this system spray their fields with roundup (Glyphosate-based herbicides) to kill all the vegetation . The Glyphosate-based herbicides are supposed to degrade within two months and not stay in the soil. There is now evidence that this is not true and it builds up in the soil. Even more evidence suggests it is harmful to the smallest organisms at the base of the food chain. These crops, notably Corn, soybeans, and cotton have been genetically engineered to be unaffected by roundup. 

These genetically engineered and patented crops are then planted as seedlings. Roundup is also used to keep the weeds from growing later in the planting season. Because Monsanto patented these genetically modified seeds, they strictly control their use. They do not allow farmers to keep some of the harvest for replanting the following season. They aggressively sue anyone who has “their” plants in the fields and have not purchased the seeds from them that year.  Mostly they do this with aggressive Monsanto technology/stewardship agreements. These are contracts that the farmers are forced to sign in order to purchase seeds. These agreements provide for intrusive rights for Monsanto even into the third party agreement the farmers have with the r businesses. And Monsanto bullies smaller farmers and business who have limited funds to fight legal battles.

 Should one company be able to patent a crop? Corn has taken thousands of years and millions of people to develop. It has been traced to a grass from central America named teosinte. Is this litigious big business model our future? Do we want our future generations to have this legacy? What happens when something goes wrong? Who is responsible? Who should have prevented this?

Rachel Carson

A portrait of Rachel Carson for the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. The portrait is cut paper. It is a portrait of one of the preeminent founders of environmentalism. 

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