Second Place, Port Aransas TX. 2007.

The Title: I'm Fine

Storyline: My Mom passed on in March of 2007, it was still heavy on my mind. The whole family would always answer "I'm Fine" when asked how we were doing, especially my father being a stout New Englander. But inside the emotions were still raw. This piece was an outlet for some of those feelings. I had a collapse the first night, after carving a face that showed the grief we were feeling. I was going to have the figure (perhaps it is my Dad?) holding a mask that he would place over his face with the happy "I'm fine" face that everyone expects to see. When the face fell off, i decided to leave it that way and just do a series of 'masks' around the plot. Thanks to Suzanne Altamar for the title.