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Sandy Huse

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On the Map Series #1: Safe Harbor, 2016 Magnolia, Copper, Wire, Polymer Clay, Fire, Paint 18"x 12" Diameter © Sandy Huse, 2016
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On the Map Series #2: River Path, 2016 Wood, Wire, Glass, Fire, Paint 8"x 10"x 10" © Sandy Huse, 2016
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On the Map Series #3: Caja de Pandora, 2016 Gourd, Wood, Crucifix, Bones, Polymer Clay, Gold Leaf, Fire, Paint 14"x 14"x 14" © Sandy Huse, 2016
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On the Map Series #4: We Are Legion, 2016 Bowling Ball, Gourd, Wood, Wire, Polymer Clay, Fire, Gold Leaf, Paint 14"x 14"x 8" © Sandy Huse, 2016
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Where They Came From, How They Got Here, 2016 Bowling Ball, Polymer Clay, Wire, Glass 13 X 10 X 15 Inches © Sandy Huse
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Where They Came From, How They Got Here (detail), 2016 Bowling Ball, Polymer Clay, Wire, Glass 13 X 10 X 15 Inches © Sandy Huse
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Fun House (view 1), 2016 Oak, Various Wires, Plastic Figures, Paint 10 X 8 X 9 Inches © Sandy Huse
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Fun House (view 2), 2016 Oak, Various Wires, Plastic Figures, Paint 10 X 8 X 9 Inches © Sandy Huse
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Fun House (view 3), 2016 Oak, Various Wires, Plastic Figures, Paint 10 X 8 X 9 Inches © Sandy Huse
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Family Portrait (with their dog Spot) in Kodachrome, 2015 Various Woods, Wire, Fimo, Paint 8" X 12" X 3" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Family Portrait (with their dog Spot) in Kodachrome (detail) © Sandy Huse
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Fishy Noir, 2012 Wood, Wire, Acrylic Medium, Paper 17" X 36" X 24" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Fishy Noir (detail), 2012 Wood, Wire, Acrylic Medium, Paper © Sandy Huse
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Fishy Noir (detail), 2012 Wood, Wire, Acrylic Medium, Paper
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Tribe of Terrier, 2016 Ash, Cocobolo, Glass, Leather, Fire, Paint 6" X 9" X 14" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Tribe of Terrier (detail), 2016 Ash, Cocobolo, Glass, Leather, Fire, Paint 9" X 6" X 14" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Moonhowl for Steverino, 2016 Ash, Padauk, Fire, Paint 7 Inches X 6 Inches X 6 Inches Inches © Sandy Huse
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The View From Io, 2016 Wood, Fire, Paint 5 X 3 X 3.5 Inches © Sandy Huse
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A Dream in the Garden of Yang-Na (view 1), 2015 Mixed Media: Mixed Media: Wood, Compressed Wood, Wooden Beads, Jute, Fire 6" X 7" X 4" Inches © Sandy Huse
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A Dream in the Garden of Yang-Na (view 2), 2015 Ash, Compressed Wood, Wooden Beads, Jute, Fire, Paint 6" X 7" X 4" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Artifact #1: Whisk, 2011 Compressed Wood, Palm Frond 12" X 6" X 2" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Artifact #2: Slotted Spoon, 2011 Mixed Media: Bone, Tooth, Teak, Walnut 10" X 12" X 2" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Artifact #3: Ballpeen, 2012 Oak, Hammer Head, Found Metal, Magnet 2" X 5" X 12" Inches © Sandy Huse
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The Vortex, 2015 Oak, Fire, Paint 10" X 6" X 6" Inches © Sandy Huse
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In Mother's Garden, 2015 Cedar, Fire, Paint 10" X 7" X 7" Inches © Sandy Huse
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In Mother's Garden (detail), 2015 Cedar, Fire, Paint © Sandy Huse
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Deconstruction Series #1: Steely Eye, 2014 Olive, Stone, Wire, Ball Bearing 10" X 8" X 8" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Deconstruction Series #2: Centrifugal, 2014 Olive, Wire, Ball Bearings 10" X 9" X 5" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Deconstruction Series #3: FlyAway, 2014 Ash Burl, Wire 3" X 4" X 4" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Bubba's Bird, 2016 Found Chair, Walnut, Fabric, Pyrography, Spray Paint 38" X 17" X 17" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Bubba's Bird (detail), 2016 Found Chair, Walnut, Pyrography, Fabric, Spray Paint 38" X 17" X 17" Inches © Sandy Huse
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Lidded Box, 2015 Oak, Olive, Fire 8 X 1.5 X 2.5 Inches © Sandy Huse
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Lidded Box (detail), 2015 Oak, Olive, Fire 8 X 1.5 X 2.5 Inches © Sandy Huse
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Quick Facts
Works in
Los Angeles
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Dec, 2016
Change Is Gonna Come
Avenue 50 Studio
Artist Statement

I make wooden & mixed-media sculptures that are turned, carved, burned and embellished, creating objects that are both functional and whimsical. 

My main tool of choice in this process is the lathe, where I use multi-axis techniques to make shapes that don’t occur with regular turning practices…the drama of wood chips flying off a chunk of wood held precariously on the lathe is intoxicating to me.  In addition, I almost always integrate a flame process whether it’s the subtlety of pyrography or the brute force of a propane torch before adding other materials like glass, wire, polymer clay & layers of color.

I don't define myself as creating a specific type of art beyond the fact that it is 3-dimensional & designed to have the viewer experience more than just a representational object.  Even such simple items as bowls are planned & executed in order to have the viewer experience “bowl” in a different way:  not simply a container for fruit or cereal, but as an extension of the spirit of the tree.

Wood’s organic nature (or the "spirit of the tree" if you will) can add an element of surprise & opportunity.  Despite all planning, cracks may open up unexpectedly, bark chips 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 play with those possibilities since green wood will warp & crack until it stabilizes.  Also, my practice is environmentally sound as this wood is normally relegated to the dump as garbage.

I believe that art should be easily accessible to anyone who has an interest.  To that end, I teach classes and participate in public demonstrations and community outreach projects in the Los Angeles area. No artist ever exists in a vacuum or without mentorship & it is my pleasure to share what I have learned from my guides.

More of my work can be seen at: http://SandyHuse.com