Our Marketing & Design Intern, Hannah Gray, had the opportunity to talk with some of our Speaking in Species artists. In this Q&A, Hannah learns the creative process behind artist Joël Urruty's works.
How did you come into this career?
I was trained as a furniture designer and maker. I always enjoyed the creative aspect of furniture design and loved to push the envelope. One day I realized what I enjoyed most about the design process was the refinement of the form. This lead me to creating pieces that were non functional. Building objects with fluid lines and harmonious form whose only purpose was to please ones' eyes.
How do the different species of wood influence your final work?
Since my work is mostly subtractive I choose woods that carve and sculpt well.
When a piece is covered in paint, does it matter what type of wood is lying underneath? Why or why not?
Somewhat. I like to use a closed grain wood (a wood with little to no pores) like basswood. Some woods also react differently to some types of paint, so all of these things need to be factored in.
What drove you to create figurative sculptures like Falcone?
The human figure has long been a subject of sculpture and art in general. I find it compelling as a subject matter as it can be used to display human emotion.
What stories do your pieces tell?
Every piece tells a different story. That is why some pieces speak to some more than others.
What are your greatest sources of inspiration?
That is difficult question to answer. there are so many things out there that effect ones mood or state of being. There is not one thing I can pinpoint and say this is my inspiration.