Painted steel, granite
8′ x 5′ x 3′
From the artist:
Divided is a great example of a piece that started off entirely different. During the initial stages of fabrication while I was moving the granite stone it split, diagonally, across its width. While many may have seen this as a setback and looked for another whole stone I saw a new image in my mind and went on to create “Divided”. Often you just have to listen to what the materials are telling you and go along with them.
I have been creating art in one way or another since as long as I can remember. The turning point into working with metal was in high school when I took the money I earned from a summer job and bought my first welder. I have grown and developed my sculpture and style by trying new things. I like to play on the balance between nature and infrastructure, often combining steel and stone in a contrasting yet seamless way. I don’t always have clear drawings or plans at the outset of a new work and enjoy letting the piece evolve with the process of creation encouraging the use of material on hand and recycled when possible. I like my work to do the talking and rarely tell viewers the meaning or what to think of it. I feel that it is my role, as an artist, to provide the impetus for others to feel and think for themselves.
Artist website: http://www.jwsculpture.com