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Sten Hoiland

I was initially drawn to wire sculpture by the early forms of Alexander Calder. There is a constant challenge in working three dimensions with wire. Because it’s still basically a line drawing, the figures are stuck somewhere between two and three dimensions. I’m constantly trying to suggest as many good vantage points while maintaining simplicity to keep the energy as light as possible. The changing shadows cast by the movement of the figures add additional dimensions to the sculptures.

I love the elated energy and movement in the leaps of dancers, though I am also drawn to themes involving the whimsical, dry humor of everyday people, activities, and objects. I also enjoy playing with wildlife and humorous pet themes.

Working in both steel and aluminum wire, I bring my ‘studio’ (a small basket) with me everywhere I go. This allows me to perform a demo in my booth throughout the show.