Work samples

  • Delicate Flower

    Etched phot of my parents wedding overlayed with delicate flower cut out of brass and copper

    Available for Purchase
  • Partition

    Hand cut scene from daily walks on NCR trail. Depicting atmosphere of nature in metal.

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    Callistemon, Hand cut and etched brass and copper, 13.5 by 17 by 3
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    Getting ready for framing.

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

Delicate Flower

I etched an image of my parents wedding into a plate of copper. Then I cut a flower, "Fleabanes," a delicate weed flower. This symbolizes the transient nature of life. The etched photo all but disappears in the construction of the flower.a delicate flower made of metal.

  • Delicate Flower

    Hand cut copper and brass

    Available for Purchase
  • Delicate Flower

    Hand cut brass and copper

    Available for Purchase
  • Delicate Flower

    Hand cut brass and copper

    Available for Purchase

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.
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    Callistemon, Hand cut and etched brass and copper, 13.5 inches by 17 inches by 3 inches,
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    Detail of Callistemon, Hand cut band etches copper and brass, 13.5 by 17 by 3
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    First day of cutting
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    Day 18 of cutting
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    First layer complete, Day 27
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    second layer, day 32
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    Day 42 first and second layers complete.
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    Day 49, third layer.
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    Day 57, patina of third layer.
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    Day 57, detail of completed piece.

Partition

Hand cut brass and copper. 

  • Partition

    Hand cut Brass and Copper. 

Stream

Cut brass landscape.
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    Cut metal landscape in 3 layers. This was drawn from a photograph taken on the NCR gunpowder river trail.
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    Cutting the first layer.
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    Cutting brass
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    Working on the third layer.
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    Getting ready for framing.
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    Detail with patina.
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    Signature detail.

Cut Metal

Hand cut pieces in copper and brass.
  • Conjunction.jpg
    Hand cut brass framed in sycamore. 8 Inches circular.
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    Fibonaccvi's Mirror, Hand cut brass and copper with sycamore frame, 12 by 8 by 4
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    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.
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    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.

Deep Inelastic Scattering

Two panels of painted cut aluminum.
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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?

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    Cut Paper Mural of a panoramic view of a cornfield
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    Definition of Monoculture (detail)

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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    Cut Paper portrait of Rachel Carson

Glo'Art

I did a residency at Glo'Art Belgium. They kept 2 of my artworks for their permanent collection.
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    2 panels of cut and painted aluminum 65 inches by 32 inches.
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    Back
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    In situ.
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    Detail
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    Cut copper and brass. !8 aches by 12 Inches. Both pieces in the collection of Glo'Art Belgium.
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    Detail
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    Detail