Artist StatementWhen I go about to create my work, I focus on the esthetic, the meaning seems to follow naturally and people read many different meanings into my work. I focus on making sculpture and drawings that are clean, detailed, and well made. My materials consist of paper, glue, brass, wood and leather, which I combine to create Victorian inspired objects. These objects usually are made to look functional without actually being capable of fulfilling that function. My sculptures are geometric for the basic design, but I incorporate organic shapes, patterns, and details which complement the geometry and I also like to include a subtle suggestion of aggression or violence to create a sense of contradiction within the objects.
Jonathan began making art back when he was only a toddler. He started off making drawing books, and then quickly moved to creating sculptures out of paper. He always excelled in all of his art classes throughout his middle and high school years, however, he did not start considering art as a career until his senior year of high school. His art teacher, James Dell, who was the head of the arts department at north county high school, had a great influence on him. Jon increased his drawing skills and knowledge by creating color pencil drawings of surrealistic organic/ manmade objects featured in a minimal environment. Simultaneously, he was creating ceramic sculptural forms that were inspired by similar work seen in Ceramics Magazine. Jonathan really began to get involved in sculpture when he took sculpture 1 in his sophomore year at Towson University. That semester he added Sculpture as his second major so that he doubled in graphic design as an economically sound job, and sculpture for personal pursuit of what he really enjoys. Jonathan has been in many shows and exhibitions as a result of Towson University and plans to pursue a career in sculpture further.