Fine Art Statement of Intent

“Disparity in form, color, size, weight, motion, is what makes a composition…It is the apparent accident to regularity which the artist actually controls by which he makes or mars a work.”  -Alexandar Calder

As a sculptor I am very much engaged with formal works of art.  Works that when set in a space, compliment the area with an enhanced aesthetic appeal.  My main concern when sculpting is how the six key elements of form (mass, volume, line, plane, texture, and color) work together within my creations.  Having such a concern when sculpting, I feel complete freedom to create true original works of art.

In the past I have worked with bending wood laminates into interesting forms.  In my current works I have been focusing more on the carving of solid wood forms.  Working predominately with wood I have an instant connection to nature.  Using a natural material as such I am able to sculpt true organic forms with bona fide natural qualities.  It is the free flowing curvilinear lines, full volumetric appearance, seemingly light yet solid mass, ever changing planes, smooth texture and natural color that I use to give my true formal creations these natural organic qualities.  These qualities, brought out in my work, are what lend me the joy of being able to allow others a chance when viewing to have a true original aesthetic experience.

This aesthetic experience felt by onlookers, is very similar to what I feel when working creatively with a natural material like wood.  Along with these aesthetic feelings driving my creativity, it is also my enjoyment and understanding of wood working that drives my creations.   What is important for me is that I need to keep pursuing the wood working trade.  Being a fourth generation wood worker and designer I have been taught many skills.  Whether I keep sculpting true organic forms, which is something that I truly enjoy or become a wooden boat builder a long time dream of mine, working with wood  allows me to be creative.  Without this creativity I would not be able to have the joy of creating work that will allow viewers to live an aesthetic experience.  I must keep using these skills along with my passion for wood working to introduce new innovative creations that will work to enhance the surroundings of the areas in which they are placed.

Matt Thies

“The sensitive observer of sculpture must learn to feel the shape simply as shape, not as description or reminiscence.” –Henry Moore


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