ArtVoiceWV: Peter Wood

ArtVoiceWV: Peter Wood


I let the metal say, no I won’t go that way. Music I really love working with metal sculpture because it is very physical, it is very involved.
And I just really love it. Music I work for the US Department of Agriculture and I have a degree in forestry and entomology. Trees and bugs. So I have that scientific background. Music And I could never draw. I could never get what’s in my head down through pencil and paper. And then I saw there was a course offered for artistic welding and I took that and
that was it because I don’t start a project with an image in mind. I just start playing with
it. And I also do a lot of gardening. And I wanted sculpture the garden. So that’s another reason I took
that class. I want to make my own sculpture. Music Being dyslexic, I don’t draw out or
sketch out a sculpture ahead of time. I don’t usually go in with image in mind. I just start creating and look at the form and see what’s cruising, and kind of just follow the
direction with what the metal will do. So it’s really kinda of the end result. And I look at it with my artistic eye, and know when it’s done. And something in the process has transferred from what I’m feeling, what I’m
doing to that sculpture. So the end result is really from me even though I didn’t start out with
a sketch or a drawing. Music My sculpture to me is really all about
the creative outlet. I once posted a question to other
artists which was like “Can you work when you’re depressed or sad?” Because
some people reflect those feelings in their work. But if I’m sad or or upset or anything like that I can’t
create art. I can only create art when I’m happy. And I
think that’s reflected in my work. Music I think the advantage to having a day
job and not having to have my art pay the bills
is that I can create whatever I want. I don’t have to think in
the back of my mind, “Will this sell or will it not?” l can really just follow my passion, my direction. And just create things that I love. Music My sculptures are kinda my
children, I don’t know. Someone asked me once, “You probably don’t know where all your sculptures are.” And I’m like all the large
sculptures I know where they are because I personally delivered them because I love to see where they’re going what the placement is. And a lot of times people to buy my art will ask for my advice about where the placement
in the garden or in the home. Music. The way I name the sculptures is I will bring them down, set them in front of
the porch, open some wine, and my husband and
I will sit there and he’ll suggest some names and I like, No that’s
not what the sculpture means to me. Because when it’s done it has a meaning. It has a message. And then we just we usually drink
least one bottle of wine and find the right title that reflects what
that sculpture means to me. Music

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