My sculpture reflects an integration of forms, revealing a synergy that results in a visual dynamic of energy where the parts are supported by the whole. The making of visual images has been with me from an early age. I remember the feelings of mindful purpose in the discovery process when playing with a variety of materials as a child. I recognize today that feeling of mindful purpose I felt then, as evolving in purpose and search. The nature of discovery, along with the expanding directions for growth when creating, fuels a passion to this present day.
My sculpture uses archival paper as the vehicle for discovery. Paper provides a basis for me to visualize the movement that I feel with my body and mind. Paper has a transitory aspect to its nature, yet has characteristics of permanence. This mindfulness continues throughout the making of the work, from surface manipulation of mark making through acknowledging the first cut and fold. I use paper in my art to reflect on the grace, flow, and complexity of life that is fragile, yet is also enduring and strong when formed together.
Three Commissioned Sculptures at Salina High School South in Kansas- David Olson, Sculptor
Artist Express: David Olson
Works in Paper
DSGP Memorial Sculpture
Paper Perspectives, David Olson's exhibit at the Deines Cultural Center.
work in process...
The Wind, a sculpture by David Olson
BEING IN THE MOMENT...
My formal visual art education in the visual arts started with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois.
The experiences of life continue to be my teacher, where I respond daily to the sculptural journeys started and completed in my studio.