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Frustration with traditional art methods was the genesis of my work. Clay was the classic material for sculpting; however, because I lacked a good technical foundation in the medium, success was limited-resulting in broken in firing. Hours of inspiration ( and perspiration) wasted. Someone else ( the kiln operator) was always in control. AND, I wanted to paint with a brush..What to Do?
The hardware store solved the problem. Anything that was non-toxic, durable, stickable, fast drying, cheap and light weight became a source along with plastic bags and bottles, junk mail, (now almost antiquated) telephone books, dryer lint, wire, cans AND holey socks..nothing is off limits..EVERY DAY THROW AWAY ! My work can best be described as a spontaneous interpretation of nature and the human form brought from conception to reality by using unconventional methods and materials. It is my desire to retell history by giving dignity to those who so highly deserve to be recognized. The goal is to show that ordinary can become extraordinary with little cost, no experience and few tools by anyone with an idea and a need to express themselves by igniting the create spirit. For further information regarding my work, email- [email protected] I wish to give credit for the photographer who helped me so much- Richard Babb, NC