Sculpture

 

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Bronze sculpture exists apart from other media types. I’ll admit to a strong bias here, but for me, there are qualities possessed by sculpture that simply cannot be replicated by most other artistic media. A strong photograph captures (sometimes perfectly) a moment in time, in two dimensions. A strong painting or drawing captures an artist’s interpretation of a moment in time, or an abstract concept, in two dimensions. Sculpture, however exists with us, in three dimensions. A good piece of sculpture lives in the round. From different angles, a sculpture can shift and change. The emphasis can travel, and shapes and visual fulcrums can perceptually move throughout the piece.
I work in metal because it allows me a freedom that is structurally impossible with most other media. I like to hang things out in space, and the strength of the material gives me more options than any other media, to create a sense of motion, strength, or levitation. Unfortunately, there is a price to be paid for that strength. Metal is extremely hard to work with. It is often dangerous, requires a tremendous amount of patience, and is fraught with frequent failures. I must also confess, my ego loves the idea that when I work with bronze, anything I make will outlast my great grandchildren, and beyond. Stones and ceramics are brittle, and they break. Paper clays, wood and composites rot in the sun, and deteriorate fairly quickly. Bronzes have survived, intact, underwater, for thousands of years. Scrape off the barnacles, give it a polish, and voila! – Back to the museum. I don’t pretend that my work should be juxtaposed with the canon of historical art, but I enjoy the challenge of working in a very difficult and punishing media, and feeling the tradition of thousands of years of artistic expression flowing through me.

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