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Icarus No. 11

Oliver Clark's avatar Oliver Clark

The sculpture is an allegory of the Icarus story by how the curves lunge and strive, but physically restrained. Mystery and instinct play significant roles in my technique. Energy is stored in the tension between the tapering bent wood and hand-twisted multicolored Flemish strings. These waxed strings stress the straight lines of wood into dynamic trajectories. The components of the sculpture achieves harmonic resonance in the visual rays and planes. . The piece utilizes wood unfit for fine woodworking--wood that is seeded with knots and checking--I am referencing Christ. He was the stone the builders rejected, but who for us became the chief cornerstone of the architecture of Christianity. Rather than discarding the disfigured grain, I accentuate the weaknesses. I make them aesthetic focal points by strengthening the breaks with handcut inlay. Taken as a whole, the work is a celebration of the beauty, flaws, giftings, and blemishes of that which is precious.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 11 inches
  • Medium: mixed wood species, handmade flemish twist, varnish, wax
  • Width: 79 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 46 inches