Wk4 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

The artist that I decided to review is Maccabee Shelley. As I entered the exhibit it was like entering into a fantasmic supernatural world. The bizarre shapes of the sculptures were intriguing and caused the viewer to get close to further inspect the specimens. Under further notice one can see that there is a unique blend of different colors in each piece. The different textures, gloss, edges, points and circulature made the pieces even more captivating. All of the pieces were made of mostly glass, but I noticed that there were other recyclable materials that were used in the sculptures as well.

Maccabee's exhibit

Maccabee’s exhibit

I really appreciated that Maccabee used recyclable material for his sculptures. Majoring in Environmental Science, has really opened my eyes to the amount of trash that is not being disposed of correctly. It really is unfortunate how much of our waste corrodes the world and destroys the beauty of earth. Taking something like empty bottles that usually symbolize trash and turning it into something beautiful like the sculptures Maccabee creates makes one hope that in the future trash like empty bottles can be used for something good and not pollute our world.

If one was to look at the configuration of the sculpture one would see that the makeup of it was constructed of glass shards. I believe that the glass shards are symbolic for something. As a general statement glass is easy to break and when it does it shatters into a million little pieces. Life can often be a glass bottle. Life often throws people curve balls and due to life events and experiences we can become broken at times. It is up to us to decide whether or not to remain broken glass or to pick up the broken pieces and become something beautiful like Maccabees sculptures.

If you like Maccabee’s work, go to http://maccabeeshelley.com/


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