Updated Photos and Videos

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Film Still from “Knit Knit”, a collaborative performance video with NipNip Zine, Cincinnati, OH. 2014.

Thanks so much for your patience during the time I was unable to update; the last few weeks were very busy with my own work and collaboration!  As of this moment, all videos and photos have been updated.  I’ve taken some time today to add photos to both the Sculpture tab and the Performance tab, which is most thrilling to me (as it’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to do a performative work!).

So, please take some time to look through those tabs, along with view the videos I’ve recently posted.  The first, you’ll find at http://vimeo.com/93627077.  This video is a collaborative work between myself and NipNip Zine, entitled, “Knit Knit”.  During this work I used my handmade 5ft long, steel knitting needles to knit and manipulate bike chain, along with various other forms of chain.  The video was just recently shown at Coffee Emporium, located in Downtown Cincinnati.

Other videos were added by viewers of my work!  Please take a look at Garry Glenn’s short snippets of my performance with the work entitled, “Hand-Wrought”.  There are four videos, and this is the link to the first: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1tTOb2ul2A

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“Hand-Wrought” Performance at DAAPWorks Thesis Exhibition 2014. Performed on April 22, 2014.

Thank you again to all who continued to follow!  The blog has just reached 50 followers; although the number is small, I’m happy to see people are continuing to follow and show their support for my practice.  I hope to post more photos soon from the list of events I’ve set up for the next couple months before I relocate to Detroit, so please keep a look out.


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Final Thesis Work


In Process Shot of Senior Thesis Work: “Hand-Wrought“, 2014.

In the link below, you will find the final writings of my Senior Thesis from the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Program.  Please, take some time to look over this document, as it explains my body of work over the last two years.  It also will give you some insight on the photo above, “Hand-Wrought”, my visual thesis project.  Thank you to all of those who have followed so closely!  It has been a lovely journey through the DAAP Program, and I’m very much looking forward to the journey that starts through this summer, Penland, and at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Art On.

Mackinley Motzer Final Thesis

Art Inspirations

Wool and Nail Sample, 2014.

Wool and Nail Sample, 2014.

During this week I’ve done a multitude of various jobs.  After finishing the collaboration work on Tuesday and being a studio assistant to Cincinnati based artist, Matthew Lynch (a member of the artist group, SIMPARCH), I was able to spend time in the studio working on the ideas that have been floating through my brain as of late.

The first idea I worked on involved the repetitive process of wrapping raw alpaca fibers around recycled nails.  At the moment, I’ve finished around 250, but there are many more to do before I feel the work is complete.  I have started nailing them into a table to provide a structure for them to manipulate.  Each of them are spaced one inch apart, but the spacing looks to be varied due to the fibers blending and thinning in certain areas.  This work should be finished by Tuesday, March 4th.

Another idea I’ve developed is the idea of dipping fibrous materials into foundry wax, and then proceeding to make a mold of them from other materials.  The first material I worked with to test was plaster; I feel this work was rather successful as it touches upon my interest in nature through its physical aesthetic.  I like the link between fibers and nature, as they are similar in the fact that both look delicate, but are some of the strongest materials to which we have access. I’d like to use other materials such as concrete in fabricating these molds, which will be shown on Tuesday, March 4th also.

Recent fiber mold made from plaster, 2014.

Recent fiber mold made from plaster, 2014.

Today will be spent solely in the studio working on these ideas.  I’ll be experimenting with materials, making new molds of fibers, and attending an artist lecture in the sculpture department.  There is much inspiration to be discovered after spending time working on another artist’s ideas.  It was an honor and a privilege to work for them and I look forward to it in the future, but I’m thrilled to spend today with my first loves: fiber and sculpture.

Happy Early Birthday: More Art!

Vintage 1964 Royal Parade Cursive Typewriter

Vintage 1964 Royal Parade Cursive Typewriter

After much searching and waiting, I’ve finally found the device that is necessary to start a work I’ve been dying to fabricate: a 1964 Royal Parade Cursive Typewriter!  I’d rather not expose too much of the idea that I will begin as of yet, but I can’t begin to express how important it was to find this piece.

Next in the process of researching this work, I am looking into various ways of fabricating paper.  Rather than focus on the traditional way, I’d like to incorporate new ways of fabrication in order to introduce it into a more contemporary setting instead of reintroducing handmade paper to the realm of craft.

Interested in a typewriter?  Or better yet, volunteering with children?  The store that sold me my newest treasure sells these refurbished typewriters and other objects in order to fund their after school program.  During the hours of 3-6PM, they tutor children and give them the attention they need to succeed in school.  Also, the majority of sales in the store go to the after school program!  It’s a lovely way to shop local and support small, local business/fund our future generation’s education.  For more information, please check out WORDPLAY: http://www.wordplaycinci.org

Breaking Foundry News


Breaking News from Foundry…

These sculptures are not completed by any means, but I am proud to announce that each of my abstract portraits came out of their foundry molds successfully! I will continue to post their progress as time continues. Thanks for all who have followed my progress thus far and thank you in advance for the continued support!

Happy art making!