Stephen Klassen - Visual Artist

Itinerant Objects: New Wood Sculpture

Culminating exhibition of my year of work funded by a 2014 Artists Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

As a metaphor, “Itinerant Objects” suggests emigration, the state after having left and before arriving at any permanent place. I am drawn to wood because I regard it as a fellow emigrant, having left its “home country” of tree-being, it is in an uncertain state of wandering between different forms of object hood. Wood is a mortal material- a body which retains the marks and scars of its living, its recorded memory. Working with wood is a matter of becoming a companion in its traveling. Wood is a highly suggestible material, easily seduced by the fast roads of fire or rot, but willing to be persuaded by the circuitous route of carving, of staying a while in the outpost of a different shape.