“Would it surprise you to read…’When I’m out of my mind I create works of art that astound myself?’ It is most pleasing and humbling to be the first to witness the birth of a new piece. For me, this is the magic of art and I find it difficult to take credit for it. When I tap into my heart, and create, I find there is always freshness – a newness to my work that never gets old. It is ‘these pieces’ that stand out from the rest and move people. That said….to do so sometimes seems a risk, because, my ‘mind’ kicks in and says….’Is anyone going to buy an open casket funeral? A passed out drunk with a bottle? A lynch mob? A woman who has danced provocatively scrambling after thrown money?’ Often, it surprises me how many people are drawn to my riskier pieces. What I have found is people like the truth….if portrayed with reverence and compassion for the subject matter.
I want folks to see my work and know that, ‘this artist was not patronizing and cared to give me his best.’ I would love to be able to open another’s eyes, for them to see how I see, when sculpting (to realize how much I agonize over every square ¼ inch). I often keep pieces in clay for years before casting into bronze…just to be sure I’ve exhausted every possibility to make them the best I can. Through my training, I’ve come to intuitively ask with each piece (and as I walk through life): Is the shadow to light / to dark? Is the line of silhouette creating the mood intended? Where could I have put more mass? In the words of my mentor, ‘Being a sculptor ain’t for sissies.’ It is truly a purposeful decision making process….filtered through the heart.
I have found that there is a place within all people that hungers for expression. I feel blessed that this avenue of expression, for me, has as its conduit……clay.“Scott Rogers Full Biography ››