Artist Matthew Zupnick with his sculpture, "Nose to Nose," (Bronze and Steel measuring 54 x 44 x 35 ")
Initially it is the building
of forms, my love of inventing as well as working with different
media and techniques that drives the creation of my sculpture. However
the primary motivation and inspiration for my imagery are historical
and current world events, human interaction and the way we treat
My work is allegorical
in nature, given that the images and symbols I create have a literary
sense to them. The sculptures are primarily made from traditional
materials such as bronze, steel and wood. The pieces range from
intimate in size to large-scale works. The exhibitions also vary
from ten to thirty sculptures depending on the exhibition space.
Even though the sculptures are designed to exist independently,
once installed the pieces seem to play off one another creating
an almost carnival-like atmosphere. The sculptures are always evolving
and that means the shows are always moving in new directions. It
is my hope that my sensitivity to craftsmanship and the way I work
the materials will encourage the viewer to look and analyze my sculptures.
They can also be drawn into my exhibitions by being able to physically
interact with many of the sculptures by turning, pushing or even
riding them. It is my hope that the environment that I have created
will invite the audience to interact and be inspired to decipher
the many mysteries that permeate my art.
Though many of the sculptures
are inspired by my concerns about historical and current events,
it is hard to place a specific time or location on the works. Perhaps
it is because many of the inspirations for my art seem to be reoccurring
again and again as history unfolds.