In 2001 David Friedheim and I founded Grendel's Mother to create collaborative sculpture. We have produced many large scale works in a variety of materials.
In Order of Appearance:
Big Red Dog - This is where the collaboration of Kyner-Friedheim began, with the building of steel and paper mache parade floats for the Fire Arts Festival at The Crucible, Berkeley, CA., in 2001. Both of us were teachers at this school for fire-based arts, and the Big Red Dog was built with the help of our students.
Monster Arch - This twenty foot high sculpture was commissioned by the City of Baltimore for the 2006-7 International Festivals. It was built by Kyner-Friedheim with help from city employees and community volunteers.
Mud Head - This cob and steel playhouse was originally built in 2004 with students at Horizon Elementary school in Mill Valley, CA. In 2008, it was rebuilt at BaltimoreClayworks with the help of community volunteers.
Poochifer - Built in 2004 with a host of community volunteers, this eight foot tall steel, cement, blown glass and tile sculpture had a brief brush with fame when it was rented for a backstage party for the singer Bjork. It now resides in Santa Rosa, CA.
Zotz - This fun fur, fabric, steel and porcelain piece was originally commissioned by the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco for its 2004 Dia de Los Muertos Exhibition. It was built by Kyner-Friedheim, artist Sarah Lowe and a host of volunteers. It was rebuilt in Baltimore and displayed at CCBC, Dundalk as part of Artscape 2008.
Frog - The fifteen foot long, upturned Frog was built by Kyner-Friedheim with assistance from CCBC and MICA students. It was exhibited as part of Grendel's Mother's solo exhibition at CCBC, Catonsville in 2008. It has since been shown at Coppin State University.
Pink Rabbits, Chameleon and Duck- These sculptures were originally created to be on stage during a series of performances by the dance troupe Galumpha at The Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in January of 2010. In the spring of 2010, they were shown in the exhibition "Child's Play" at CCBC, Catonsville. In subsequent years, The Chameleon has been shown at the Ellicott City Courthouse (as part of Howard County's ARTsites program) and at Baltimore Clayworks. The Pink Rabbit has proved popular, and we have sculpted several versions. The original appeared on Mt. Royal Avenue in Baltimore as part of the exhibition "Here, There and Anywhere" for Artscape 2010. Later this first Rabbit was shown at the Howard County Public Library in Maryland (as part of Howard County's ARTsites program), and on Main Street in Carbondale, Colorado (as part of Art aRound Town, sponsored by the Carbondale Public Art Comission.) The original finally found a home when it was purchased by a private collector in Carbondale, CO in 2013. A second Pink Rabbit was installed in December of 2013 in front of the Super Dome in New Orleans as part of "Sculpture for New Orleans." After its two year run in New Orleans came to a conclusion, it was purchased for the nearby city of Kenner, Louisiana. A third Pink Rabbit was made for a client in Florida, and a fourth version has taken up residence at the Columbia Mall in Maryland. Each version is slightly different.