I welcome fine art if it expresses concern about human beings and appreciation of being. In spite of many requests I only made one 'useful' sculpture, The Torchholder, that would illuminate a patio.
I believe art instructs people about themselves. This is what makes traditional art classic. Incorporate art into your life and take it seriously enough to see its personal and social implications.
Ideas, themes, intuitions come to everyone. To become a fine artist is dependent on one's surroundings, but the crucial factor is the urge to create. Other important factors are the capacity to feel deeply, the ability to see beauty, self-discipline, and persistence. All of those characteristics can be developed and enhanced through one's own effort.
A few notes about some of my ideas regarding realized and unrealized sculptures.
After I heard about a new Mile "0" post for the Alaska Highway, I decided to propose a sculptured post, fashioned to represent a landmark as well as a cultural artistic achievement for present and future generations. I sent a few ideas hurriedly put on paper to the Dawson Creek City Council before a decision was made on the new Mile "0" marker.
DAWN OF HUMANITY
In this sculpture I tried to express the circular nature of cause and effect. By becoming aware of this interrelationship and by confronting it we will be able to find solutions. I also kept in mind the issues and concerns of the HABITAT Conference which was to take place in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in 1976.
The sculpture is not concerned with a particular problem but portrays the phenomenon as a whole. The statement is an attempt to encourage the counteracting balance and derangement be they on a social or on an individual level.
DAWN OF HUMANITY
represents the transitory stage between complete inertness and the moment of awakening. Awakening here means opening oneself to reality and to one's responsibility. When human beings brace themselves against some hold in order to rise, they express their determination. The dominant theme of the sculpture is the will of the individual to do something about her or his dilemma. One can act in order to escape boredom or misery, or in order to enrich one's life.
The sculpture does not reveal explicitly what this individual is going to do. Many individuals still enjoy freedom, therefore many possibilities are open. However, for each individual decision, tact, understanding and insight about our interrelationships and partial dependence on others are necessary.
I would like to mention one other element of the sculpture. The convolutions of the upper back and shoulders as well as the clinging of the fingers and toes to the ground indicate anguish. I feel that anguish arises from deep involvement. Deep involvement is crucial in anything we do or think, or choose to omit to do or think, in order to become a better person.
Attention should also be paid to the determination expressed in this sculpture. The will to do something meaningful, such as constructive thinking or helping others, is the beginning of the solution to our problems.
Energy, courage, and self-discipline will be called upon during the course of an individual's development. The final element is that of taking responsibility. Part of the person's energy and determination is directed toward holding up and bracing himself against the heavy but inevitable burden on his shoulders.