Mark Sheehan

ARTIST STATEMENT

I moved to the Wood River Valley in 1972 after spending 3 years studying at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. I soon found myself painting signs and designing logos for local businesses. I then branched off into architectural metal, with my first custom fire screen in 1974. This became a successful business for the next 43 years.
I am a maker of things. I try to make them function well and be pleasing to the eye.  I have also developed a line of small copper repousse’ female torsos with forged steel frames. I call this the Venus series. They are hammered copper base relief female torsos with forged steel frames.
The copper is perfectly suited for the subject matter, as it is a warm metal that lends itself to the soft shapes of the female form.  I continue to produce functional items like fire screens, chandeliers, coffee tables, but my heart is in metal sculpture.
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