Optimizer depicts a 14k gold and ruby 'portal' located where the spinal column meets the brain. Tapping into the central nervous system, this area regulates many body functions, including body temperature and breathing. Optimizer has the effect of calming through his kindness and patience, which allow for space to get to awareness. Awareness makes it easier to let go.
From the Lick series, portraying human as sculpture – a multi media project documenting wounds and the potential beauty behind the healing process.
The portrait shows the wound in context, universal life experiences spilling from the body. The sculpture, a reliquary of the wound, focuses on good that results from purged suffering by highlighting those experiences as precious objects encased in vitrines.
Picture of Optimizer Portrait for reference
Model: Darin Montgomery
Photo credit: Lucien Knuteson
Lick is also a book, a catalog of the portraits paired with stories and poems written by a variety of authors to reflect the sentiment of each sculpture.