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About the Artist
My inspirations for my sculptures come from an interest in systems and a lifetime of observations of machines and mechanical movements. The stainless steel is used for durability and longevity of the work as well as to add a juxtaposition to the found metal pieces I incorporate. The found metal comes from a variety of sources. The metal in Kinetic Sculpture #920 (Image 1) is from old 55-gallon drums and discarded farm equipment. I like the stories that the found metal can tell or elude to. The patina from age, scrapes, and dents makes a viewer look closer at the work. The elements of motion captured in the work are choreographed to set up rhythms punctuated with unexpected surprises to further pull people in and draw reactions from them. With a blend of old and new materials, physics and art, my work pulls out the memories and experiences of the viewer’s childhood and brings them back to that time.
Watching the viewer, this transformation is usually apparent. As children, people are more at ease, adult tensions drop away, they are more open to laugh, point, and talk with strangers.
After watching the sculpture for a while, stand back and watch the people near you will suppose most of all; I like to make people smile. Most people who look at my sculptures come away with a smile. I enjoy watching the transition that transpires in front of one of my sculptures. I think there’s way too much stress and darkness in people’s lives if I can bring a short respite to this, all the better. Lives and works in Fergus Falls, MN.