David French Statement
I have always enjoyed the physicality of the labor required in making art, the challenges of creative problem solving, and the pleasure that results with the evidence of the handmade. The works I create are inspired by objects both manmade and natural. I draw inspiration from a variety of artists, ranging from historical, contemporary, tribal, folk, and outsiders.
I began working with wood in the late ‘80s while living in Berlin, Germany. I collected wood slats from discarded produce crates to see what I might be able to create with them in my studio. My artistic practice has evolved over time and my love for making artwork has led me on a path of discovery that continues to inspire and inform future work.
This long-held fascination with making sculptural wooden objects that are then embellished with paint has allowed me to construct a visual vocabulary that I find both uniquely personal and meaningful. I attempt to create work which is easily accessible and yet of an indeterminate origin, work that delights the eye while challenging that which the mind attempts to categorize and make sense of. The work acts as a transmitter of ideas that are really straightforward, but lead to a more complex set of questions. I want the work to be both beautiful and to evoke a kind of mystery.
I am a part of a tradition that began some 40,000 years ago, when our early ancestors began a visual translation of their world onto the walls of caves. This human need to communicate visually and to express what has been seen, felt, tasted, touched and heard is for me a very sacred thing. An attempt to encapsulate the human experiences of life as translated through the eyes, mind and heart is what provides me with challenges as I attempt to do this by hand with material objects. My work stands as a recording of my involvement in this process and is imprinted with memories and experiences.