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“I'm inspired by forms found in everyday life, from a rubber band, to an orange peel, to the folds in fabric, or a crumpled up piece of paper,” says Stephen Hutchins. “I try to showcase the beauty in insignificant over-looked objects and challenge the viewer to find beauty in their own everyday life.”
A working artist for nine years, he’s had no formal art training. “My background is in construction as a stone mason, which eventually led to architectural carving and sculpture. This year I've transitioned to art taking up the majority of my time.
“All of the sculptures and bowls that I create are from stones that I've handpicked throughout the southeast, some of which have been re-purposed from demolished historic buildings in Nashville.”
My greatest extravagance would definitely be buying tools, primarily chisels and pneumatic hammers. I have nine air hammers and only seem to use three of them, but I tell myself that it's always good to have a backup or several. I'm a sucker for a finely crafted Italian tool.
Stone will always be my #1 medium, but I love all mediums in sculpture. I've been having a lot of fun working with clay and learning the bronze making process. I had a stint working with a blacksmith in California and am fascinated by the process of bending and twisting metal. I've always really enjoyed working with wood as well. If I didn't have to worry about wood cracking and splitting as it dries I may have been a woodcarver!
I'm inspired by so many artists past and present. Of course the sculptors of the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque are an inspiration, with Donatello, Michelangelo, and Bernini being some of the prominent figures from that period. Some current sculptors that I admire are a mix of architectural/statuary sculptors and free form sculptors. There are far too many to name, but a few of my favorites are Elizabeth Turk, Richard Erdman, and Sebastian Martorana. Instagram has been such a great tool in finding actively working artists from all over the world.