the quotable artist
A few comments by artist Russ Sharek, from various media sources.
In my worst moments, the fine line between art, sex, sensuality, love and life is somewhat blurred. At my best, there's positively no distinction between them.
A Fine Body of Work, 2002.
As a jeweler, I've found that minimalism unavoidably creeps into your overall design sensibility. When your canvas is no larger than the width of a finger, you are constantly forced to think in terms of boiling an idea down to the minimum number of strongly-focused lines that accurately convey your message.
Sint Giganti, 2001.
There is a definite idea in our culture that metal is immutable. We buy rings because of their lasting value and nearly unchanging appearance. The idea of being able to manipulate such a substance has a feeling of power for me. Also, to manipulate metal requires a great deal of force: cutting, melting, welding...all of these things are destructive in nature. My life has been a lot of chaos. The idea of using a chaotic force to create order and beauty has a certain irony to it that appeals to me.
Exploring Dallas, 1996.
I started out making beaded jewelry, but when I stumbled across metalworking and lost-wax casting, I didn't want to do anything else. Working with the metal feels right, it is a very sexual thing for me. Sometimes late at night when I am about to cast a piece I have spent hours designing, and I watch the metal flowing red-hot right in front of me, it becomes a very passionate thing. Molten-hot metal pouring through the air, hours of involvement at risk, and the subtle fear of getting hurt...yes, I do love my work. And anything else I have ever tried, with the exception of love, feels passionless and mechanical by comparison.
07 / 07 / 2009