Ode To Adolescence; Mixed Media Sculpture; 71” x 26” x 19”
I create sculptures and installations that explore sentiments rooted in my childhood. These sentiments consist of a playful approach to the constantly bewildering wonder and curiousness of our existence. With this piece, my aim was to create an enigmatic object that evokes the sense of curiosity that I felt as a child, and the uncertainty I felt in adolescence. This sculpture is meant to be in a state of flux: a becoming, a growing, a honing, a shedding and accumulating of layers. Adolescence triggered a loss of a playfulness and marked the beginning of an existential angst. Stepping through the carefree haze of childhood, I became keenly aware of social and cultural conventions, which often confused me. As we age we tend to ignore the playful and curious parts of ourselves. As our world gets more rigid so do we. This piece explores the tension between wanting to hold onto our curious nature and the necessity of adapting to the structures of the world.
About the artist
Schuyler Dawson hails from Marin County California at the intersection of rural and suburb. He spent his youth crashing bicycles with an army of boys in his cul-de-sac and building forts in the marshlands and woods nearby. Evoking themes from his childhood Schuyler’s work explores our notions of comfort, the divine absurdity of existence, and the spaces we navigate and occupy, both physical and psychological. Through his work, he seeks to highlight the subtle beauties of the world around us and understand our subjective perceptions. In pursuit of a life of creating, Schuyler attended San Diego State University where he received his BFA. During this time, he became interested in exploring installation work outside the gallery context. These interests led him post BFA to have solo shows in such locations as dilapidated WW2 military bunkers and oak forests. Currently he is pursuing his MFA in Sculpture at Alfred University.