Enjoy the amazing sculpture portfolio of artist James Campbell, who is a winner in the Healing Power of Art Exhibition. Find out more about him by visiting his website.
In order for us to grow we need to change our paradigms once in a while. I think this is very important. As a visual artist, that means changing the way I see my world which leads to changing the way I think about it. It may involve choosing a different vantage point from which to view something or selecting a different material to work with.
One method of changing my perspective is air travel, which allows me an overview of the landscape. From this platform I get a different view of the world, the industry of man becomes immediately apparent in the cities, highways and colorful farm fields. Observing from above, I become absorbed in noticing the details of highways and railroads skirting mountains, and geometrically irrigated fields.
Noticing, not just what we have built, but also the winding flow of rivers, mountain barriers, and the sensuousness of unmelted snow in the shadows of trees.
Oil and water do not mix, but somehow the human mind is capable of transcending that reality, allowing opposing concepts to be held simultaneously. I have often been fascinated with these inherent disconnects.
The fluidity of our thought processes allow currents and eddies to mingle these disparate concepts. Picture marbled end-pages in an old book. In my sculpture pieces these conflicts in thought are frequently illustrated by shifts in the imagery or splits in the elements of the work.
Maps, in particular topographical maps, are a way of recording our activities in relation to the landscape just as brain scans map the activities of our minds. So, it seems natural to utilize the symbols of our common landscape to draw parallels with our thinking patterns.
I love working with different materials. Becoming engaged with a new material always stretches me to find alternative solutions. Materials that may have been overlooked, when viewed as a resource or raw material, spark new challenges and opportunities for realizing the expression of ideas.
What I like about abstract work is that, when viewing, our individual interpretative filters are brought in to play, and we are encouraged to expand how we see. In many ways, my sculptural paintings through the language of landscape, color, and composition become a map of the moment of creation.
To me this is the real landscape of how I live and think, create solutions, and overcome challenges. Growth is when, through my work, I can create something that lets people see the world a little differently.
James Campbell invites you to view this YouTube video that shares more about his work as an artist.