Process

T.S.Elliot wrote, "Between the conception and the creation, falls the shadow." To me, this is an apt description of my struggle to make sculpture - the idea's conception, the shadow of reality, and the resulting creation. When creating a sculpture, I try to keep the creative concept's inspiration while dealing with the reality of process engineering. How to keep a concept artistically flowing through the complexities of metal alloys, elastic limits, spring constants, sheer strength, wind loading, and seemingly a thousand other practical matters; is a fundamental demon I daily wrestle. One of the best oil painters I know, Stock Schlueter, says that artists are a curious mix of hubris and humility - hubris to think that they can create what their mind sees, and humility when they view the finished product.
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