Artist Statement—Design

 

The connection between sculpture and functional design is the creation of engaging objects that are fashioned to be integrated into our world rather than put on a pedestal—the chair or table or sofa that both gets us to open our eyes to possibilities as well as providing the place for us to think, react, engage and respond. 

Part of this evolution is the deconstruction of our environment, our living space, in order to find the beauty and function in the essential—silencing the cacophony in our world of excess.  The challenge is creating originality in the objects that we collide with every day, being freed from the expectation that comfort needs to be complicated. Through simplicity we find balance between the essential and the human need for inspiration.

Artist Statement—Sculpture

 

Through the creation of recognizable snapshots of everyday life, my art encourages the viewers to laugh at themselves and the world we live in. I attempt to evoke emotions of both comedy and melancholy, which in turn causes the viewer to introspectively see themselves and others they know mirrored in the faceless characters I sculpt.

My pieces reflect my personality and, as a result, have given me a recognizable style. There is a stage-presence energy that embodies my work—a quality that attracts the viewer’s eye like they are being entertained rather than just looking at a piece of art.

For figurative work to be successful it must resonate life and breath through movement and energy. When working on an exhibition, I am usually attracted to situations in life that bring complete strangers together. Whether it is people waiting at a bus stop or smokers outside of a bar, often, common conditions supply vital motivation to my work.

I find that the world primarily revolves and evolves around the little things in life—buying a new pair of shoes, going to the beach, waiting in line. In a time where technology is rapidly changing and more and more clouds of fear loom over the human spirit, I find reflecting human emotions through simple topics comforting and engaging. 

Likewise, the incorporation of recognizable objects such as a real pair of shoes has become one of the trademarks of my work. This act is an exclamation point that initially draws the viewer in. From there, it is my responsibility and challenge to get their attention away from the prop and allow them to discover the movement and emotion of the piece. 

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