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Michael Webster
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

These works are a collection of fragments, contradictions, and run-on thoughts about the physical world, emerging from a fascination with systems of the built environment and objects that occupy our space.  Some of these sculptures make absurd gestures, and actively rub against existing rules of spatial organization. Many begin with found material. When I collect found things, I often live with them for years before I gain enough confidence that I might be able to add something to their long-established history. I use the material language of craft when appropriate, as a fitting meditation on the history of labor, re-tracing forms to place myself in dialogue with the engineers and fabricators from decades ago. The dedication and sincerity of remaking a vernacular mass-produced piece of infrastructure is a love song to the workers that build and maintain our cities.

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