EMBER DE BOER is our artist of the month
August 1, 2021
My prerogative as a fine art sculptor is to generate high craft, well-considered art objects that question the human condition. Through the lens of identity, thought processes, cognitive dissonance, and behavioral patterns that we accrue to navigate and cope with the state of our reality, and explore how we use these mechanisms to forge a path of survival and existence. I utilize broken glass that I deconstruct from discarded homewares, leftover pieces of individuals daily routines and rituals, along with broken mirrors so that the viewer recognizes the reflection of themself in the fractal patterns of the shattered material as a larger metaphor for one's own psyche. Glass being a primary material for my concept is often supported by structural elements of metal. Wood creating a strong foundation for the craft of my art while also incorporating my experience in fabrication work into my expression of my experiences. Conceptually, these stronger elements represent the mental structures and physical habits we build around our sense of self and identity to function in the world and navigate our reality.
"As a Multidisciplinary Sculptor with over twelve years of experience as a painter, followed by over three years of concentration in sculpting, emphasizing resin, woodworking, metal fabrication, and foundry. I work in fabrication and warehouses around my school schedule and art creation, including plasma cutting, press brake operator, forklift operation, and laser operation, combined with my sculpture skills like welding, foundry operations, and resin fabrication to make my artwork when I am not in class or at work. I have always had a job, gone to school, and made my body of work simultaneously. However, over the last few years, I have found that all the processes, tools, and skills I've been paid to learn and I have a better understanding of my material and innovate my process. In addition, watching how large and small companies expedite their process has helped me grow my practice and become a better fabricator."
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