Steven Backman is a San Francisco sculptor who devotes himself to the toothpick medium, putting in countless hours of work on free standing works of both an abstract and realistic nature, work he calls The Essence of Patience. Unity is a sculpture made from glue and 2,334 toothpicks to depict a mother joined to her child – together they make up the outline of a woman’s torso. Another such free form piece is Tiptoe, a person taking a giant step. Backman also creates renditions of more familiar objects like the San Francisco street car or the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as less dimensional celebrity portraits, such as the one of David Letterman, picking his teeth with -guess what- a toothpick.
Artist: Steven Backman