John Austin Kinnee - Toledo Artist
Every Object has another life hidden by its original purpose. I see this concealed entity within and create a new life unrelated to its first aspiration. A nail, a screw, a wrench become a piece of art, a pun, a unique interpretation of humor or love. The leather jacket from a thrift store, cut into pieces, becomes the canvas for a new project. The discarded wood from an old barn becomes the frame to encase a new creation. Hearts are one of my favorite designs. Nails and screws and shell casings fashioned into heart shapes show us how easily we can hurt what we love the most. Hammering sharp objects into a beautiful landscape or a treasured, iconic symbol demonstrates how quickly perfection can be marred by our careless or deliberate actions. Many people look at my work and say, I can do that” but will you? Do you see what I see? A sculpture you can hang on the wall from smothering that wasn’t there before.
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