Damon Hyldreth
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Damon Hyldreth
 
 

Art originally served magical and religious purposes but in modern times, has moved towards entertainment. My goal as an artist is to do both, to create art that reflects the visible as well as the hidden Ö to embody in my work a sense of presence, a sense of inner life.

My work stands as a reminder of the connection between man and nature as the world around us becomes increasingly removed from this essential and most basic union. While the metals I use are clearly man-made, the result of my collaboration with them is a blurring of the divide between nature and structure, space and form. This results in a strong symbiosis between the formal elements of sculpture and itís surroundings, both architectural and natural.

My process in sculpture is highly linked to the idea of transformation. I consider the potential energy in my materials and lure out the dynamic forces of nature. I blend emotion with form, allowing the work to evolve, probing shapes, investigating their capacity to change. I seek to reveal the nature of the material, allowing it to take on a life of it's own.
 
I create art that challenges peopleís expectations. My sculpture embodies the tension between stasis and impending movement; despite its weight and volume, or perhaps because of it, metal can dance and even suggest song. Ideally a viewer engages with my work on a subliminal level enabling them to have an experience of a uniquely personal nature.  I work with Cor-ten steel, stainless steel, bronze, and painted steel. These diverse metals, with their varied looks, suggest forms individualistically.

     
- Damon Hyldreth

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