Dryden Wells

In each stage of the processes of my creating, new ideas and concepts seem to reveal themselves, bringing a new life to my work. Working devoutly in clay, I continue to be challenged and seduced by the medium. The manipulation of the material is what excites me, whether I am working big or small, loosely or precisely.

Interior and exterior spaces are primary oppositions that I use in my work both formally and conceptually. Using figurative forms as subjects for my process and vehicles for my content, I am able to address these spaces literally and metaphorically. These forms allow me to juxtapose other distinct opposites such as life and death, positive and negative. I feel that through this synthesis I am presenting questions and concerns which are not necessarily answered in the work.

Recently, I am interested in creating forms or sculptures through the use of multiples. The multiples I am using are segments of both animals and humans, made with both hand-built and mold made forms. By fragmenting and stacking them, I am trying to obscure the initial subject and capture the evidence of a space and motion. I work and build both intuitively and analytically in an attempt to contrast these formal characteristics and to push my concepts.

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