The materials I use in my sculptures are usually found or recycled.
Many of them were discarded because they were broken, marred, or their
owners saw them as useless or obsolete. For example, all of my colored
glass comes from the scrap bucket at a local leaded glass studio. The
windshield in “Rear Window” came from a dumpster. A university music
department threw out the tympani. I like to apply a high degree
of finish to the materials without hiding naturally occurring flaws.
One goal is for the viewer to notice the beauty in the flawed surfaces,
and then reconsider their attitudes about people, ideas, and items that
tend to be discarded as defective or useless.
In my paintings and sculptures I assemble various symbols, objects,
colors, and shapes in such a way that these elements and the
relationships between them load the artwork with content. My own
experiences unlock meanings for me. I rely on the viewer's experiences
to unlock any significance for them. This content will be the same only
some of the time. Surprise for both artist and viewer happens when we
discover our different interpretations.
David L. Zvanut, 2015