"At first, little by little, I began to craft figures from scraps and discarded mechanical parts–-mostly from cars and bicycles," describes Ramirez. "And so I began to create sculptures, soldering the pieces together and giving them shape as I imagined they should look.
"The process involves selecting recycled items that can be used. I separate them and soak them in a cleaning solution to remove any impurities. I solder them together until I achieve my design, then I give it a protective coat of glossy varnish."
The Indie Soap Awards statuette portrays a whimsical figure, crafted from a spark plug and various scraps left over from a die cutter. He bends over to peer through the lens of a camera fashioned from a dimmer-switch potentiometer, honing his craft using screws and nuts.
"The Indie Soap community is so diverse, but one thing we all have in common is that we're resourceful and crafty--usually because we have to be!" Newcomb observed. "And what's more resourceful than cobbling together this adorable little man from the re-appropriated insides of various metal devices?"
Newcomb also enjoys the symbolism of a work built around a spark plug--a tiny device that ignites a complicated, powerful reaction--and "the doohickey that modulates the flow of power and light." 23 statuettes will be awarded during the presentation ceremony at 8:00 PM on February 21, 2012, the centerpiece of the multi-part celebration including a red carpet, press walk, winners' circle and open bar.
At over 6" tall and weighing in at almost a pound, the substantial award is easy to grip, fun to pose with and mantle-ready. The work of Armando Ramirez appears via special arrangement with Novica, part of the National Geographic organization.
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