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Mike Wsol

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

My recent “chapel” sculptures are designed to promote interactions with nature and to offer viewers an opportunity to be with themselves. I spent 18 years in catholic schools attending weekly mass. In this church setting, architecture, iconography, and the physical experiences of sight, sound and smell acted to reinforce spiritual narratives and ultimately imply that the church is omnipresent, robust, and historic. In my sculptures I use a similar engagement strategy by combining architecture and nature to provide opportunities for the viewer to consider his or her relationship with the natural world and spirituality through industrial forms.
The artworks emphasize ordinary experiences like light, shadow and sound in extraordinary ways that present a sense of wonder and emphasize the complexity of our world. The artworks are built to provide a place to be aware and to contemplate, because I believe these experiences can develop consciousness and empathy.

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