Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
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Self Portrait

Painted steel

7' x 5' x 7'5"

Adam Walls
Hope Mills, NC

30th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2016-2017)

Artist's Comments

The majority of my sculpture is concept driven and is often highly viewer interactive. The conceptual component of my work is often derived from some memory that was stirred by the shape of some found object, or from some memento that I have held on to since childhood. These things bring up thoughts and experiences that challenge me and guide me through the creative process. There are elements in much of my larger works that are derived from my love of fantasy, escapism, and pop-culture imagery.

My sculpture does range in size drastically from minuscule to monumental. The interactive component of my work often involves the viewer’s participation in becoming part of the work. Some of my sculptures only require the viewer to watch as they see themselves reflected atop a difficult and imposing staircase which could represent the challenges we face in order to achieve our goals (as in The Ball and the Red Staircase).

In whatever way my viewer chooses to engage my work, or in whatever material I desire to work in, I find that it is not always necessary to me that the viewer understand my concept, but it is important to me that I provide a visually exciting experience that might encourage the viewer to see and engage art more often.
Adam Walls

About the Artist

South Carolina native Adam Walls has been creating art for public exhibition since 2004. He received his BA in Art Education in 1996 from Limestone College and taught art in art centers, public schools, and out of his own studio until receiving his MFA in sculpture from Winthrop University in 2005. Since receiving his MFA Adam’s work has appeared in Sculpture Magazine, been the topic of discussion on NPR and ETV, and has been exhibited in over one hundred outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Adam Walls currently resides in Hope Mills, NC and serves as the head of the sculpture program at UNC-Pembroke.

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