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Stopping time... by Paul Shampine

by paulshampine , September 23, 2010—12:15 AM

Topics: Paul Shampine, art, artist, inspiration, metal sculpture, nature, rock, sculpture, stone

Scientists, land developers, farmers and I battle with Mother Nature. We all do on some level.

Early on when creating metal sculpture, I attempted to preserve the scrolling texture and the organic feel metal has after forging and forming. I wanted to protect the clean deep hammer marks, the wrinkle in the bend and the abstract patterns from my 25 pound metal grinder. It__™s a challenge.

Finished steel is the end result of a process. Even raw off the shelf, it__™s still a manufactured product. Rust, once my nemesis, now my friend, is the action of steel regressing to its original natural state. I don__™t think the process can fully be inhibited___especially if you desire a natural ___metal___ look. The same really applies to wood as well. It__™s like trying to stop time.

I find great satisfaction in combining stone and metal with my work. As a result, I__™m a rock junkie. I__™m constantly eyeballing stone on country roads, highways, weddings, funerals and backyard barbeques. On a recent stone hunt, I found a magnificent collection of rock unlike anything I__™ve discovered before. After trekking 10x times my weight in stone, exhausted and trying to put my arms back in their sockets, I found the most beautiful specimen of Mother Earth. It__™s so outrageously breathtaking that it caused me to reflect on an ugly but real phrase___.something like ___ambition exceeding talent___ No artist__™s talent can compete with Mother Nature.

So, alone this rock stands___for me. Not to be incorporated in a sculpture or altered in any way. When my forearms ache from drilling, my back from lifting or when my brain feels bankrupt, it__™s my God I talk to, confide in and yes, for a moment, it stops time.

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