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ARTIST STATEMENT

- Morgan Shimeld

I see my newest bronze sculptures as a series of abstract still life studies. They are strong and grounded monolithic shapes, using perspective and precisely angled planes. I have worked to take away and add segments, creating channels, tunnels and facets that have a quiet and still presence to them. These channels and facets act to draw the viewer into the work and often opposing sides will have quite a different sense of balance and perspective.

I then observe these objects and recreate them in wire, sometimes altering them or inverting some of the shapes during the process. This work challenges the viewer to see the solidity of the shape through its emptiness. If it is viewed from one angle the lines can appear to flatten causing the shape to collapse. However if you engage with the piece and walk around it, viewing it in motion, the surfaces of the planes begin to emerge. Differing from solid objects, which can only be seen one way, these illusory shapes can be seen in different ways in terms of their positive and negative spaces.


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