I work primarily as a sculptor & mixed-media artist with wood being my most important material of choice in order to make pieces that have a personal narration for me. Often, I begin with a word or phrase that appears in my head & go forward with that in mind to illustrate, entertain or amuse.
My main tool of choice in this process is the lathe, where most of the things I make get their start in life. The drama of wood chips flying off a chunk of wood is intoxicating to me. I’m also a big fan of fire & almost always integrate a flame process whether it’s the subtlety of pyrography or the brute force of a propane torch.
I don't define myself as creating a specific type of art beyond the fact that it is 3-dimensional. There is a lot of wiggle-room about what my sculptures depict & I relish hearing what others see in what I have created. Even such simple items as bowls are planned & executed in order to have the viewer see “bowl” in a different light; not simply a container for fruit or cereal, but as an extension of the spirit of the tree.
I have also discovered wood’s organic nature can add an element of surprise & opportunity. Despite all planning, cracks may open up unexpectedly, bark may chip off, or an inclusion appears when the wood is carved. All of these force me to adapt continually & to see possibilities in potential disaster. Since nearly 100% of the wood I use is green (freshly cut) & local, I have plenty of opportunity to practice this adaptation since green wood will warp & crack until it stabilizes. I also feel my practice is environmentally sound as this wood would normally be relegated to the dump as garbage.
And finally, I believe that art and craft should be easily accessible to anyone who has an interest. To that end, I continue to teach classes and participate in public demonstrations and community outreach projects in the Los Angeles area. No artist ever exists in a vacuum & I pay my mentors back by paying it forward.
More of my work can be seen at: http://SandyHuse.com