Last night I asked our family to help me describe this new piece of copper art Mike created. I was looking for impressions. I got “Window Pain“, “City Scape”, and more than one “Abstract”.
So we went to the thesaurus to look up abstract, and the one that stood out the most was “Intangible”. The dictionary defines Intangible as :“difficult to define or describe clearly, but nonetheless perceived.” There is a perceived quality in this piece that I understand in my own mind, . . because I know its maker.
Mike is a thinker, with a creative spirit that bends and moves deep inside, but is manifest through his hands. He has a warped sense of humor, and a quick wit. He sees the world in a warm positive glow, even when the days are dark and unsettling-but definitely not through rose colored glasses.
Like the definition of Abstract:”Not aiming to depict an object but composed with the focus on internal structure and form”, I see this piece of Mike’s art-an intricate copper sculpture on a steel background, as a reflection of his own view of the world around him.
But what do I know. It could just be a good use of scraps from an artist who doesn’t like to waste materials, and knows how to manipulate the metal, and finds true joy in that.