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PATRICK MCGUIRE

PATRICK MCGUIRE

Artist Work

Harp of the Marsh
1987
Wood-Walnut
H:50"-W:24"-D:16"
The Letter U
1990
Wood-Cedar
H:62"-W:18"-D:18"
The Bird of Enrichment
1985
Wood-Mulberry
H:22"-W:9"-D:40"
Joyful Flight
1990
Welded Steel
H:22"-W:7"-D:46"
Portrait of a Blissful Spirit
2011
Welded Steel
H:29"-W:8"-D:32"
Water is the Key #1
2010
Wood-Siberian Elm
H:71"-W:14"-D:12"

Artist Information

County
Harford County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Over the years, I have created objects using a variety of materials to express my thoughts about things that are important to me. The impetus for my work is derived from both my conscious and subconscious mind. Spontaneous or preconceived ideas, images, shapes and sketches arrive. Often the materials will dictate a particular work's limitation, while at the same time offering endless variations. My communication is through form, forms about ideas that relate to the materials I use. The style of my work varies greatly from figurative to abstract, fitting the idea, not conforming to one way of seeing. Carving is a time consuming art. When I carve, I am taking away, working with what remains. I never destroy living trees to create my sculpture. I prefer to gather trees that have fallen and then I dry and cure them for many years before starting a carving. I study the log. I think about the form I want to bring out of the wood. I feel a reverence for the life it had and a deep commitment to transform it into a new existence. In working my metal pieces, the process of welding is direct and fluid. I am creating forms with fire and building up the shapes I want. The welded pieces are small environments with human figures in a defined space. They are compositions with short stories about relationships - human to human; and human to all the other beings with which we share our existence.