THOUGHTS FROM AN ARTIST’S WIFE
March 11, 2015
“I think artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before.”
Some of my favorite evenings in the shop are when Dan is busy working on a sculpture and he’ll ask me to put together some ideas for him. I look through the shelves of found objects, fall off pieces, and piles of steel, feeling like I’m back in school and the teacher just gave an intriguing creative art assignment. “Take these objects and create a masterpiece!” he says enthusiastically. I pick out three items and start playing with ways to put them together. Sometimes it just doesn’t work and I have to start over (as Dan reminds me–again–that you can’t weld steel to aluminum….but if you could– I’d have some beautiful creations!)
But, sometimes things do go together and I actually come up with a “rough draft” of a good idea! Dan will look it over, tweak it a little here and there, weld it, polish it, and low and behold– it’s a sculpture!
Even though I’ve only had a small part in creating it, I still get to feel that great feeling of excitement and satisfaction at seeing a piece of art that had it’s beginning in my mind and heart.
Someone once asked Dan which of his sculptures was his favorite and he responded, “They are like my kids…..they are all my favorite.”