JOHN HENSON NAIL ART
The inspiration to make art like this (large pieces, unusual & repurposed materials, iconic images) comes primarily from my time with the thriving creative community in the Joshua Tree area of the Mojave desert. The idea to work with nails came after I rescued a cache of discarded hardware at the back of a theater headed for the landfill.
The inspiration for the nail art came to me during a sleepless night, and took about six months to figure out how to actually execute it. The first piece I tried was the peace sign which took another six months to create. The technique has evolved with successive pieces.
Only later did it occur to me that this act of creating art from hammered nails is my way of processing the loss of my brother Jerry who, as a roof installer, probably pounded more nails than I ever will. My thoughts are often with him when I work.
To answer the most common questions about the nail art: