Waimarino Awards 2018 entry
Ravager of Time, 17kg and 900mm high, is based on the concept of ‘the ravages of time’. Ray invented a motley prehistoric creature — a bird-dinosaur that sports cast-iron-bathtub claws, which he sand blasted and painted; copper feathers; brass tail feathers; real feathers around its neck; dinosaur arms; and brass fangs. The creature is ripping an antique clock apart.
“It evolved as I was making it. I like things that denote decay and try to capture that in my photography as well,” says the artist. “I found an antique clock at the tip and made up a story to go with it that would show what a ravager of time might look like. I also like making things that illustrate a pun, like ‘a mental block’ or ‘tongue-in-cheek’.”