Sculpture Saturday: Entombment of the Hive Mind by Jamie Weinfurter
Welcome to Sculpture Saturday! We get to chat with artist intern Jamie Weinfurter about her new sculpture just installed at JSP, and even see some footage of the process! Please follow and support Jamie’s incredible work on IG @jaybyrdart and jamieweinfurter.com. While Jamie is back in Minnesota, she will always have a home in Kentucky at Josephine Sculpture Park.
Entombment of the Hive Mind is the culmination of Jamie’s Hive Mind series of ceramic installations created over the past two years. She originally pressed terra cotta into three different plaster molds, as a meditative process to transfer her own self-destructive anxieties into the clay, which produced five hundred figures. She began her internship at JSP in the spring of 2019 with the intention to simply bury the Hive Mind; but a five pound concrete block caused a life-threatening accident, which led to months of recovery and halted the project until 2020. The concrete block became a representation of Jamie in the tomb, which the figures surround as grave goods (objects that gain usefulness in the afterlife and watch over what has been buried without any intention of recovery). The greenhouse shelters the tomb like a mausoleum, but nature will reclaim and change the installation over time. Jamie has found resolution through burying this sculpture, and will continue to evolve, as her past work and the trauma that prevented her from moving forward in her life has finally been put to rest.
Special thanks to Inside Out Design, LLC for donating to JSP the cast concrete stones used to construct this piece!