Tension: Control at the breaking point
Growing up in the soggy foothills of the Willamette Valley, I spent my childhood years exploring the natural world around me, and focusing on my role within it. My years at University of Oregon honed in my experiences and I began to use art to illuminate the tension between nature and humans. Using found materials I challenge the integrity of the materials within spatial boundaries. Whatever the material, I test it, searching for its limits with a structural balance, much like an explorer gingerly traversing a glacier in high summer. In using various materials and testing their limits, I toe boundaries; each project becomes an engineered experiment. Similarly, a stonefly's cocoon of sand and pebbles is fit for three years of tumultuous waters; the cocoon can fail and its components once again become part of the river, shedding light on connectedness and impermanence.
My work is created for specific sites. The piece is built to compliment the space around it but be neither loud nor hidden, similar to an old growth tree among a forest of second growth, not out of place, just grounding. I am, by nature, a pantheist. Neither important nor central. Just an observer with the basics in engineering and the mind of an architect. Art is what ties these pieces of me together and serves as my purpose.
I have a studio in both the Willamette and Sacramento Valleys.
I do commission work as well as sell pieces from my studio work. Shoot me an email if you are interested.
Most of the photos on this site are by: www.davidpaulbayles.com