Monday, May 31, 2010

The Journey of Intersecting Shapes and Flowing Lines

Self portrait
Life size, profile view
private collection

I view sculpture and furniture very similarly. Shapes intersecting, overlapping, and carrying the line for and with one another. It is my hope that the eye is taken on a journey, finding the story of the piece.
This is one of my favorite sculptures to date. It is the result of the convergence of many factors in my life. I had been self-saturated with African art for many years and I was studying art at a time when the curriculum focused on the changes that had occurred in art since “The Academy”. I’m talking about the early 20th century with Fauvism, Cubism, and Expressionism etc.

We studied realism, extensively. This head, in fact, was sculpted as a realistic head.  I had been doing realistic sculptures since 9th grade and I was quite good at it. After a while, I found it to be boring. So what if I could make something look exactly like something else? I didn’t feel any satisfaction from capturing a gesture or feeling through realism. I did however really like abstracting forms and shapes and merging concepts. For instance, this is clearly a head but it also looks like a machine or at least a hunk of metal. In thinking about specific artists that helped to inspire this piece I think of Henri Moore, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Louise Bourgeois.

Little Flame

Little Flame
Prize winner in the NWFW 30th Annual Box Show! SOLD