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Stuart Tessler
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

The creation of figurative sculpture compels a level of observation that heightens understanding and appreciation of diversity, variability in physical characteristics, and conditions in which we live.  Variances may result from experience or genetics, may be temporary or permanent, inconsequential or significant.
I try to bring into focus people I have met or merely observed. My interpretation may enhance their appearance, exaggerate a feature or occasionally, even attempt to present a real likeness. Often, my sculpture is a vehicle to express displeasure with local, national or international political situations. The sculptures of couples, reflect the comfort of meaningful relationships. Some are simply fanciful caricatures, emphasizing form over message.

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