Jeff Wise

I want my sculptures to invite and intrigue the viewer. Their feel is familiar and real, solid as earth and yet rocks float and bodies twist. We are drawn to a new and unfamiliar place, a perceptual journey that spirals into discovery and reflection, into beauty and delight.

My figurative work, which is done in marble and cast bronze depict people transformed by circumstance, altered by contact with life beyond themselves.

Eluding the grasp of gravity through balance is where I begin with my abstract work. From there I interpret visual gestures found in nature and astronomy such as flowing water, swirling galaxies and the rhythmic movement of birds and fish. There are also references to the human figure and spirit. I use cast and carved concrete with blackened wood as my earthbound elements, while forged bronze provides fluid motion. The materials however are just the tools I use to help me achieve my ultimate goal, which is the transformation of motion into emotion.

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