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Michael Stasiuk is a multimedia sculptor who lives and maintains a studio in Portsmouth, NH. His found object sculptures are represented in private and corporate collections including Wellington Management and New England Biolab. He is included in the Schiffer Found Object Art 1 and 2 books. Michael works with a child-like sensibility which has been fueled by many years of teaching and collaborating with children and adults. He has been a theatrical prop master for the Mudd Butt Mystery Theatre Troupe in Telluride, Colorado for 24 years. The last 18 have included residencies collaborating with children and adults around the world bringing characters of all sizes to life in a variety of materials.
“I am an animator of objects. I work figuratively giving a new sense of context to otherwise commonplace or discarded items. The items I choose evoke a nostalgia and a sense of memory. My process is creating inventive but simple joinery between materials, mostly wood, metal and fiber.”
Sally Simpson continues to be inspired to work with silver, gold, stone, pearls and other natural materials after having spent many hours watching her parents create metal sculptures depicting scenes in nature. Most were eventually hung throughout the house or along the entryway for guests to admire. Her goals however, are quite different as her work is a mixture of architectural designs and elements formed from natural forces. Sally is currently represented at theTelluride Gallery of Fine Art in Telluride, Colorado and is looking forward to expanding into other galleries.
“Raw physical contrasts inspire my selection of earth elements such as ocean glass, Tahitian pearls, Icelandic beach stones, silver, gold, and the organic feel and warm look of leather. The theme of my work is directly linked to and inspired by the physical range of the material and the intended use.
My current work is a combination of jewelry and a series of silver objects such as Bauhaus inspired candlesticks. I am also exploring more sophisticated methods of combining raw substances while still allowing the underlying beauty of the natural objects to create a physical juxtaposition that I find so intriguing. The challenge for me is to create new pieces using basic elements and still deliver a beautiful and unique piece of art that captures the eye and heart of the beholder.”