Artist Statement

I create three-dimensional pieces out of common, sometimes unrelated items, and transform them into sculptures that are unusually complex in composition. The materials I use vary but include wood, screws, nuts, and bolts held together with hot glue. The glue not only holds the parts together, but itself becomes part of the sculpture. Finishing the sculptures with spray paint creates a sense of mystery and gives a cohesive look and feel.

Each of the pieces tends to start forming rather quickly and sometimes evolves into something different than it started out as, but the placement of the materials is never random. I make decisions specifically based on how each item added affects the overall look and composition of the piece. When looking at the sculptures from different angles, up close, and from a distance, you discover many worlds within one piece.

It is sometimes difficult to predict whether or not the glue will hold the individual pieces exactly where I place them. At times more glue is required to hold parts in place and at other times the weight of the parts causes them to shift. At those times I make the decision to either try to re-secure the part or let it rest where it has fallen. I enjoy the challenge of testing the limits.

Part of what I try to accomplish is to create a piece of art that is interesting and exciting through the use of different materials which seem to take on new identities once they become part of a sculpture. I experience a feeling of serenity while working on my sculptures and enjoy communicating thoughts through my artwork.

11/6/14 – Updated

Developing my website and cataloging my sculpture and writing has forced me to be more reflective about my work. In addition to exploring a new dimension of using recycled materials, I have begun to realize this is an endless source for my creativity.

Part of my motivation in creating the detailed pieces and describing in my writing is to inspire others to reach beyond complacency, for that which gives you a feeling of fulfillment and pride. It is often difficult for me to make an adjustment to try new things. Creating sculpture without a solid base and using only one material has pushed me out of my comfort zone of a familiar process.

There are many things which inspire my work, but the overall sense of peaceful ideas connecting with a tangible finished product is the most important. My emotions have always been more powerful than the words I can not say. There are infinite possibilities in creating a sculpture with all of the detailed parts in my work. The viewer may see a simple piece assembled with hot glue, or a detailed complex creation that has many possible interpretations.

Some of my pieces are light and playful that I write about in a humorous way. Many of them are dark and bold which I accompany with pensive interpretation in my poems. Even when writing I can not always find the words to describe the intricacies in each piece. That may be for the viewer to decide.

David Stahl