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Tom Player
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

Many years have passed since I learned shading and color values over the drug store in Orangeburg, S.C. It seems every step in my life has prepared me for the last stage of my artistic interest: sculpture. And in particular, working with bronze reliefs and in-the-round sculptures. Just as a water colorist uses density and value to tell a story, I use gesture, depth of relief, planes of light and complimentary patina to project a scene. I guess you could say my specialty is humanity. For example, in “Trail of Tears” hundreds of images depict the Cherokee Nation moving overland from Tennessee to Oklahoma, “Deckhand” shows the struggles of one man laboring on the Mississippi, and, “1860 at Gadsden Wharf” is a maquette of the separation of a slave family. I am constantly amazed at the depth and strength of bronze. Amazed at its ability to convey gravity and antiquity. I feel blessed to create through this timeless medium.

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