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Question 8: How do you approach the creation of a new work? Do you have a specific method or way of initiating the process?
When I start thinking about a piece, it’s usually the development of the relationships with different ideas. It always starts with the idea and then as I see how I can relate that into a physical form. I usually try and let it take some time, I like to do most of the editing in my head just for the practical reasons. It’s not very efficient to go and carve something that’s 200 pounds and it takes a month to make and find out that’s not what you’re looking for. And once I’m comfortable that I have the idea, usually I sketch it out I do some preliminary drawings though not a lot because I don’t want to be dependent on them and have it laid out in front of me because I want to be able to make changes and have the piece very flexible so I can react to how it’s starting to form out. Some pieces are less well defined when I start out and I have to make a lot of conscious decisions on how it’s gonna go as I’m manufacturing it. Other ones are pretty clear in my head and the actual fabrication is pretty mechanical. I know what I want to make and it’s a matter of putting in the time and labour to execute it and see it. It’s always the final physical piece in a sculpture, I’m attracted to the physicality of the work, so eventually I have to evaluate that and see if it’s what I wanted, what I intended to make, and if it does what I intended it to do. If not, then it’s time to refine it or possibly start over again. But generally as I get older and refine that technique a little more, the success rate works out pretty well.