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Ron Fondaw
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

This body of work references ancient architecture as a symbol for our bodies, and lays bare our notions of permanence. My intention is to use these ephemeral sculptures to evoke a poetic play between our beliefs about the built environment, our own bodies, and the landscape that holds us.

Soil has memory – matter grows, dies, decomposes, and then returns to the ground. I construct sculptures from the soil around them, transferring its history to the skin and body of the sculpture. Through this process, my work is in conversation with the landscape.

Found objects are placed in the walls during construction. During the erosion process, these objects emerge over a period of years. The weathering process adds a dynamic, unpredictable aesthetic, allowing the sculpture to take on a life of its own through chance imagery.

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