William Hunter

Artist Statement

My work is meant to spark an elusive emotion, awaken a memory, and explore the spiritual and metaphysical dimensions of our lives. It is a meditative process of imagination, appraisal, and decision that springs from an idea and is put into motion. I use the vessel – humanity’s oldest and richest metaphor – as a vehicle. Through subtractive sculpting and deconstruction, I’m building a visual language to express this emotional sub-context and elicit a contemplative response.

I’ve always been concerned with implied kinetics and giving my pieces a new life through the illusion of motion. Early on I started with texturing and light disc sculpting to manipulate surface in order to change the energy of the vessel, affecting the surface in an almost painterly way. Then I started sculpting deeper into the pieces, adding gesture to the surface treatments, which gave me more voices and new ways to allude to motion.

The next exploration was carving through the walls of the pieces, which began a dialog of interior and exterior, light and shadow, positive and negative, and again expanded my sculptural vocabulary with the vessel.

Then I took some of these same forms and cut them completely apart and gave them a new freedom. This deconstruction of the vessel gave me new ways to activate space, work with interplay, and allow the cut spirals to leave the realm of the vessel and explore abstract energy.

My approach is to work in the realm where the scientific and poetic merge. I can get there only when my eye, hand, and soul are in perfect harmony with my materials and motive.