Artist Statement

I strive to capture the primitive beauty within familiar forms, to interpret their underlying architecture and construct a bridge between those simple icons and complex ideas. Inspired by chaotic and yet uniform naturally occurring patterns, and the technology and industry which mimic them, I build archetypal structures, melding and juxtaposing independent and varied material elements, natural and manmade, expected and unexpected.

I recreate the ocean’s waves in steel tangent lines, the decaying of leaves and trees are interpreted through thousands of perfectly drilled holes, the canopy of a forest in plasma-cut irregular aluminum plates, the rhythm of a waterfall in geometrically cut and placed wood, the ephemeral wind captured in billowing metal… My hope is that the simple intricacies of my abstracted, purified assemblages and forms will invoke recognition and impart the wonder that I feel for nature. That I use industrial materials and methods to create my artworks is an embedded irony when considering the effects of man's technological and industrial development upon nature and our environment.

In essence, I restructure nature to show it to people anew; creating a mythos of forms that are born of nature and forged in the fires of industry, technology and human desire. The tension between these ideas and sustainability of actions, my own included, is perhaps the defining question of our time. To that effect, the most organic of my sculptures are industrial, and the most engineered of my pieces reflect primitive natural calm. Nature cannot be considered without acknowledging humanity’s effects, and my artwork is a fusion of the harmony and disharmony, the beauty and tension of that relationship.

Thank You, Michael Enn Sirvet