Sculpture by Jeff Powell
Original artwork in stone, metal, and who knows what else
An artist's statement is supposed to say big, important sounding
things about how the artist views his or her work and how it
springs from something deep within. It might make claims about
the interconnectedness of all things, or some kind of mystical
energy that drives the artist to create. Don't go looking for
that here. I'm far too practical to say anything like that.
I create art because it's fun. I sculpt because I think and feel
in three dimensions, not two. Is that too simple?
No matter. I love to sculpt. I fell into it by accident,
but once I started, I couldn't stop. I may slow down for various
reasons, but I don't stop.
Sculpting makes use of skills that don't get used much in other
parts of my life. In addition, I get a chance to learn new things,
spend time fiddling with tools, making a mess, and - on occasion
- I sell a piece of art to someone who actually wants it.
Learning, playing, and personal validation. That's a great set of
reasons to do almost anything.
You may want to know about the various media I work in. At the moment,
My subject matter and style are hard to pin down. I've done abstracts,
vessels, and representational work. I carve whatever strikes my fancy,
limited by what works with the rock I have in front of me. Maybe someday
I'll specialize in some style all my own, but for now I do whatever I want.
- Softer carving stones -- alabaster, soapstone, limestone, and
some marbles. These all allow for a relatively quick
translation of the form I see in my head into the final stone.
- Bronze casting of stone originals.
- I've also done some welded steel, but it's relatively new to me still,
and I don't know how much I will pursue it.
- Mixed stone and metal pieces are in my head, but nothing has made it
- Other mixed, 3-D media are there too, lurking, waiting for the right
moment. They'll appear.
A few words about my carving methods: I do some carvings with tools
and techniques that Michaelangelo would recognize. Others I do with
pneumatic tools and electric grinders that he could only have dreamed of.
Regardless of the tools, though, it's my hands that do all the work.
There is something wonderfully relaxing about actually working and polishing
stone. It makes the cares of the day disappear.
I enjoy creating these sculptures, and I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Please contact me if you have questions
about any of this work.