Human beings, against our most desperate efforts, seem to experience the thirst for satisfaction that is often unquenchable. We look to art, science, philosophy, relationships, religion, and a great deal more to fulfill our desires. Yet, just as our physical hunger and thirst always return so too do our desires for true contentment. My sculptural works discuss this complexity of the human experience through the subtractive method of woodcarving. As this conversation has deepened, my studio practice has responded by blending contemporary and old world processes.
Initially I begin by 3D scanning a living person. I edit and manipulate the figure in computer software by creating cavities, removing certain information, and enhancing details. I then 3-D print the file as a working model. Just as a digital image is constructed from thousands of pixels, each figurative sculpture I carve is compiled from hundreds of wooden blocks. I assemble these blocks while leaving large negative spaces in the form, functioning as internal landscapes for architectural installations. As my studio practice is focusing more on the discussion of technology and its effect on this human condition, I am continuing to experiment with digital fabrication processes to push the boundaries of my sculptural works.
You can visit my current exhibition "Composite of the Soul" at the Greater Denton Arts Council, in Denton, Texas.
"Composite of the Soul"
A short documentary about the gallery show put on by Justin Archer and Dan Black in Denton, TX.