Paul Shampine Art Blog
by paulshampine , September 8, 2010—01:02 AM
Republished from: http://paulshampine.wordpress.com
Often when I perform a task, I find myself adding a twist. Even with the ridged parameters of an excel spreadsheet, I__™ve found art in numbers with cost analysis and business plans. As a bored teenager, I would create abstract-impressionistic patterns when mowing the lawn, and it doesn__™t and won__™t stop there. In search of answers, I turn to my genetic line.
My Father was a very creative and innovative engineer who designed intricate conveyor systems that robotically handled the most delicate items to large bulky raw materials that required micro-modifications and delivered from point A to Z with precision and efficiency. My open-minded, care-free, adventurous Mother brings just that to her paintings. She__™s a great experimental watercolorist that tests tradition and strives to learn and develop her own voice. Her drive to learn and evolve comes from her Father , a beautiful and simple, but extraordinary complex man with a great soul. In retrospect, I believe he never found his true calling, but he lead a very happy and satisfied life.
I fall squarely in the middle with a slight slant on my Father__™s side. I view business challenges with a different perspective and hopefully bring that same innovative and fresh ideology to my sculpture. My career choices have been diverse and I__™ve lead a very adventurous life. I think I__™ve passed those heritable traits, along with a few others to my daughters.
So, for now, let__™s go with what I__™ve heard before___.___you__™re something else.___
As I prepare for my upcoming show, I__™m getting away from metal for awhile, but sticking close to nature. As nature struggles to repair itself from our invasive actions, I__™ve discovered gravity again as I wrangle an invasive plant (wild grape vines) on the property here in Newtown, CT to construct a series of spheres representing...