Wooden Sculpture

Kipley Meyer

Kipley A. Meyer was born in 1958 and hails from Decatur, Georgia. Working with wood since 1988, Meyer maintains a studio in the countryside outside of Atlanta, where he lives with his family. Meyer exhibits in various arts and craft shows including American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and Atlanta, Philadelphia Museum Show, Crafts America Shows in Palm Beach, Florida 4 Bridges in Chattanooga, and is an exhibiting member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild of Winston-Salem, N.C.

The focus of my work is to create interplay and harmony between the disparate elements in life and nature that inspire me: abstract forms, music, the art of communication and the philosophy of minimalism.”

I am a self-taught sculptor, furniture maker, drummer and observer of human nature. I am a husband, father, lover of animals, mountains and trees. I am a movie buff, jazz fan, and I am also, like everyone, on a journey.

My work is made from solid domestic hardwoods and carved using chisels, planes, routers and chainsaws. After conceptualization, the building process begins by choosing seasoned or kiln dried wood. The wood is then studied to understand what each piece can offer to the work. I look for flat, stable boards, but will also incorporate any knots, checks, or crevices that I feel will enhance the message of the overall sculpture. The planks are edge glued like a table top: on larger pieces, the backs are reinforced with cleats with oversized screw holes. This will help allow for subtle wood movement that may occur through the years due to temperature and humidity changes. I will often utilize rusted nails, brads and washers before finally finishing the piece with natural milk paint and wax.

The work is very physical and requires a constant flow of motion and concentration. I tend to use just a few specific textures and colors. This creates certain limitations, or rather parameters, but, ironically, allows for more freedom to explore the ideas and ideals put forth within this framework. Symbolic in nature, this work speaks from my heart, arising from a personal desire to understand myself as well as others.

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