Human beings, against our most desperate efforts, experience the thirst for satisfaction that often feels unquenchable. Although many struggle with this facet of our humanity, we have the unique capability of finding contentment outside of ourselves. Expressing this fragmentation through contemporary figurative sculpture is the primary function of my studio practice.
My sculptures are created from conversations and relationships I have with different individuals. These relationships allow me to develop a narrative and symbolism that reflect each person's’ experiences. This leads to a 3D scan of an individual and a prototype for a figurative sculpture. Working from the prototype I glue up hundreds of blocks of wood, which are then hand carved. Building these works from multiple blocks gives visual complexity, while embedded symbolic objects reference personal experiences. In my previous series I exposed the incompleteness that we often feel as human beings by leaving cavities in each sculpture. My newer works use vertical movement to transcend our present struggles into finding hope beyond of ourselves.
Investing my studio practice into portraying biographical narratives requires engaging with the figure in a unique way. 3D scanning gives me the ability to focus on the posture of an individual in a single moment of time. In focusing on the overall human form I create an overall tone for each work, enabling empathy from the viewer. By weaving landscapes and contemporary imagery into each work I am able to further communicate the specifics that make a person’s experiences their own.
As I examine different perspectives of the human experience it is clear that we thirst for somethings to satisfy our deepest needs. As a Christian, I have found sustenance in relationship with God, who brings hope in the midsts of difficulty. It is this experience that drives me to depict individual struggles and hopes for the creation of fuller pictures of our shared humanity.
"Composite of the Soul"
A short documentary about the gallery show put on by Justin Archer and Dan Black in Denton, TX.