Driftwood and Stainless Steel Birch Bark Chandelier
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Sanded and stained driftwood collected from the Buffalo Bill Dam outside of Cody, Wyoming, tops this stainless steel birch bark chandelier by Kevin Showell Custom. Born and raised in Cody, Kevin often utilizes the natural sculptural forms of driftwood in his pieces, and this piece reflects the environment of his upbringing as well as his current residence of Minnesota in the circular stainless steel drum that mimics the texture and patterning of birch bark. LED Edison bulbs protrude from the center of the drum on several stems of varying length and width.
Kevin grew up in Cody, WY, where he was strongly influenced by Western art and the beauty of his mountain surroundings. Drawing and illustration were his first artistic expressions. He received the rare opportunity to apprentice under an Old World master wood carver from Athens, Greece, and spent five years carving European classic works and fixing a lot of broken furniture, an invaluable experience. Over the next twenty years he carved wildly and human figures and all manner of floral designs large and small. His current work focuses on designing and making architectural features, interior furnishings, and custom sculpture. Doing common things such as joinery and material selection in unexpected ways has become characteristic of his work. Beauty. Hope. Significance. These are a few of the things I hope you experience interacting with my work.