JOHN POWELL

2jsstudio@att.net | www.johnwilliampowellartist.com

Artist Statement: The creation of art is unpredictable like our live - the things we will experience as human being often reminds us that we are in a constant flux of change as time goes by. Our journey through life has such an influence on our thoughts and perceptions - on the ideas we hold of value as artists, We react - in a conscious or unconscious way. As an artist, sculptor, my art is a mirror of my thoughts - a reflection, an outward manifestation of my ideas and ideology. Whether I am working with wood, metals or stone, the materials are manipulated and formed to the rhythm of my life in the moment, piece by piece. The patinas and finishing techniques accentuate not only certain details of the art, but also of my journey while making that art. In the end, regardless of the nature of the experience, I end with something of beauty, a work that reflects itself, that captures a part of my being - my artist life. In reflection, the Chinese poet DuFu reminds us If there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the man and his work. 1. "Building of Form Beginning to End" From a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson "The creation of a thousand forest is in one acorn" as with this piece, alder trees are usually comprised in clusters due to the fact they are of one organism. I feel being a conservationist nothing should be wasted, rather each small piece of wood says I can be. Be and be. This piece is more about the 20 years I have spent with my wife Jin who is Chinese. Kinda east meets west. She and I have build our lives together one layer at a time, each layer with a different texture, each with irregularities. The main component of this piece is Alder with an applied orange tint, the accent pieces are ebony and blood wood. The entire piece is hand stitched together with vertical struts of African wedge wood. The top circular piece is the heart of our relationship, luminously inscribed in its growth rings "Nothing is more beautiful or stronger than two who can stand like a tree and weather the time". 2. "Metaphors for Life" The piece reminds me of poem by the Hermann Hesse, "Be still Be still Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are but childish thoughts, Let God speak within you and your thoughts will grow silent". Composed on baltic birch the primary background is multiple layers of red Chinese lacquer, that is a golden face is 23ct guild, like elongated eyes are engraved with visual thoughts of incomparable joy. The composition is completed with what seems to be a jacket of red tinted box alder with dowels of magnolia, stays of ebony from the black keys of old discarded piano, reminding me I still having something to play, I still have it to say.

John Powell Building-of-Form-Beginning-to-End | 24 x 54 | wood
John Powell Metaphors-for-Life | 30 x 30 | wood
John Powell Metaphors-for-Life | 30 x 30 | wood