“Manual Labor of Love” is an outdoor sculpture paying homage to the paternal and maternal sides of my family for teaching me how to manually work with my hands and wits to get the job done. Growing up in an upstate New York third generation farm family, my father, mother, sister, grandparents, and myself worked beside each other with no regard to gender roles. This piece is cast from a shovel I broke while digging a drainage ditch in North Carolina. I thought ‘I’ll do something with it, so don’t throw it away’. The boots are a worn out pair of my work boots. Georgia Boot Company, Wellington style, a style my father and grandfather wore: Children’s size USA 6M, EU 38M, UK 5M.
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