Art - Sculpture / Wood - Andrew Saftel

I combine historical imagery, references to the daily flow of events, and personal philosophical musings to create works that respond to contemporary culture. I want to prompt reflection of what is lost: the passenger train, the agricultural economy, the jazz era, the primeval forest. Images of the natural world, such as plants and animals, are paired with images of technology and progress to symbolize two still interdependent elements seeking a balance.

The layering of the paintings is geological, a build-up of thoughts, emotions and physical interactions buried in the layers of paint. We see only the surface, but everything underneath influences what the surface eventually becomes. I use color to represent time, the spectrum changing as the day moves on, the cycle of days creating an atmosphere of hope and reassurance.



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