Dimensions artist profiles: Uwe Foehring

02 greedName:  Uwe Foehring

Medium:  stone and cement

Background: self taught, trial and error 

How long have you been a sculptor?  ca 10 years

Why did you start sculpting?  Originally I started sculpting because I had some shapes in my head for a long time and then I finally got to make them real. My first sculpture was my polar bear, which I still make and sell in different sizes and stones.

The more I tried and practiced, I found sculpting as a way to express thoughts and feelings in an intensity I haven’t known before. By now, new sculptures/shapes basically do themselves, I just start somewhere and the material and hands take over… the process can get quite emotional.

01 moaiWhat inspires you?  Three things: 1. nature, animals, trees….. 2. politics, injustices…. 3. other sculptors

What is your favourite sculpture?  The “Silence of Bagram”. It may not be the prettiest one, but it came about after a report on the radio about this jail and torture in Afghanistan. I could feel all my anger and frustration about our two-faced and hypocritical western leaders flowing into this sculpture. I am still working on a bigger version in cement in my garden….

03 man & womanWhich sculptures will you be exhibiting at Dimensions 2013?  The ‘Choir Boy’, a bird, and ‘Amnesty for Obama’

What will you be working on in the coming year?  Who knows? Those ideas often come rather sudden and unexpected. But certainly I will keep producing my hearts of stone, polar bears and other things that people seem to enjoy

 

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I make one of a kind, flameworked glass beads, jewellery and sculptures. My handmade designs are heavily influenced by the art and artifacts of ancient cultures, as well as contemporary abstract art. Each of my creations is created by me in the flame of my torch before being sent off to their new owners. If you'd like to know when i post beads for sale then send me an email to join my mailing list at: evelyn@shebamakeda.com. Be sure to add my email to your address book so my messages don't end up in your spam folder.
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