I think it is hard to predict which direction I might take going forward. I have enjoyed experimenting with recycled objects and single shape sculptures but do not see that as the primary form of my work. It is the intricacies of the many pieces and shapes that will continue to excite me in creating new designs. It is interesting to combine the old with the new technique and materials. What was headed for the garbage or recycle bin has become an integral source of material.

beyond junk

reuse and recycle what was junk,

that has been transformed into art.

containers now hold and support,

objects that are different than the original use.

the function is now sculpture materials,

not packing for food or medicine.

pieces all of the same unit,

just as a contrast to my familiar style.

multiple sculptures created without a solid base,

another departure from familiarity.

it is not set in stone but having a certain look

gives me a sense that the form is complete.

realizing empty space permits the viewer

to see more of a composition,

and still create pieces that i am comfortable with

is an on going and developing process.

it is ever changing just as the many

shapes, sizes, colors and materials i use.

giving a different function to an empty can

or plastic bottle makes an interesting composition.

bottle caps, wine corks, plastic lids, discarded screws

and various wooden pieces

all assembled with hot glue

take on a new kind of use that is my art.

my sculpture often seems to be a hodgepodge of

a multitude of kinds of scraps and not typical material.

this exploration of recycled material has been a catalyst

for new direction not a completely different style .

my work will continue to be detailed in organization,

but may allow light to show the new side of me.

David Stahl