Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
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Iscariot

Galvanized steel, light poles, structural and welded pipe

11' 6" x 19' 4" x 31' 7"

Trace O'Connor
Greensboro, NC
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23rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2009-2010)

Rosen Award 1st Place

Artist's Comments

Leave the world in better condition than you found it.
Trace O'Connor

About the Artist

Media: Predominantly welded steel of various types, also wood, cement, marble, bronze, plaster and leather.

Genres: Mostly, I work with reclaimed or recycled steel and wood as it gives character to my finished pieces that I would spend hours imparting by hand. This means that though most of my pieces have no profound political or religious agenda, they do have a "genesis" or "renaissance" feel. Almost everything I employ is used in some fashion which gives my work an eco-friendly look, and also gives viewers a common language to greet and digest my aesthetic. "Oh that used to be one of those ... you know ... things" is often overheard amongst gallery patrons.

First Artistic Murmurings: No fancy art school. No private lessons. I remember a kid teaching me to draw in kindergarten and it took off from there, really. I always drew my way through school and didn't really have traditional sculptural media readily available, save for Playdoh, until college. When clay passed my hands, I would always make compound shapes; duck bills, ribbons, flowing hair, fan shapes, etc.. Every teacher from middle school on stressed "structure" and "stability". Put everything together and it's not hard to see why I'm on this path. Today I make abstract carved wood pieces coupled with heavy machinery parts and giant human-octopus hybrids the size of my first apartment.

Inspiration: Nature. Nature. Nature. I get lost sometimes when I look at the structured growth of a piece of deer antler or slow motion crash of an ocean wave. Two old trees so close that they've almost grown together, the complexity of the simplest hydrogen molecule or the uncanny visual similarity of insects and deep sea life. The spiral of a hurricane. The zippered hooks in the strands of flight feathers of raptors. It's all there and it's all been done already by mother nature herself. All we can do is attempt to imitate and reassemble while respecting her boundaries.

To What End (Why): Why? Why not? Why would you not take advantage of your life? I'm smart, young, willing and capable. That's why. I'm smart enough to know the difference. I'm young enough to know what 110% is. I'm willing to make sacrifices and I'm capable of accomplishing anything to which I apply myself. What I'm not willing to do is pass up opportunity. One of my favorite quotes as stated by the philosopher Bruce Lee: "...as how the sculptor, who does not keep adding clay to his statue, but instead strips away the inessentials until the truth is revealed," here linking Jeet Kune Do, his pared-down and focused, highly adaptable fighting style to everyday life once again. If you know your direction in this world, go as though your life depended on it. Don't bother with what's mere distraction. Move with a purpose!

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