Onward and Upward

Jeremy Rudd – Dyersville, Iowa

Artist’s Statement
This sculpture represents a metaphorical landscape where the man-made and natural worlds meet. The sinuous stem of the sculpture is topped with the protagonist, a small wheel and arm abstracted from large scale agricultural irrigation well systems. This machine is slowly creating a new landscape, drawing resources and relocating them. The plane represents a cycle through time undulating from thick to thin as the resources and conditions would dictate. This spiraling plane is made of wood, but wood that has been removed of its natural qualities and tendencies to be organized and made useful, but to what end?
Artist’s Bio
I am an artist, designer, and fabricator living in rural North East Iowa. I grew up outside of Cedar Rapids IA, and attended Iowa State University for a BFA in visual studies, completing my MFA in sculpture from The University of Massachusetts in 2005. Since returning to Iowa in 2008 I have taught visual art at Divine Word College, Epworth. I have grown my professional practice completing large and small sculptural and architectural commissions. In the last several years I've shown my work nationally and been invited to artist residencies in public performance iron casting. Currently I am completing a 22 scene set of narrative bronze plaques for St Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Hiawatha, IA and will be exhibiting new sculptural work and judging the graduate show at Iowa State Universities College of Design in spring 2015.

Sale Price - $5,000

½”, 3/8”, ¼” rods cold forged and welded and 2” thick native cedar wood
300 lbs. 

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