JUSTIN M ZIELKE
BORN IN KANSAS 1989
I am an American artist and professor living in Kansas. I am both classically and digitally trained with a BFA in Illustration from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sculpture is an art form that I have grown to love because it challenges me to combine my interests in conceptual symbolism and movement. During my degrees, I developed an understanding of film semiotics and movement in experimental animation. I now focus on how a sculpture affects the viewer's experience while walking through a space. My mediums range from wood, clay, found-object, and digital.
The figure has always been a powerful focus in sculpture. We naturally look for ourselves in a work of art and create a story as soon as we find forms that relate. In contrast, as we sacrifice a sense of physical accuracy for a form of expression, the work demands a subjective relationship with the viewer. When rational and seemingly irrational decisions are placed together, an individual wants to discover a meaning for why they relate. This acceptance of physical inaccuracy and curiosity of meaning becomes an intimate reflection of a viewer’s experiences. Whether it is wood, clay, found object, or digital, the most important aspect of my work is the interaction with a medium and how the unique physical properties influence the outcome of a figure. In my work, the figure is secondary to the medium.
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