Meet one of our Winter Fellows, Ferdinand Kidd, all the way from Cape Town, South Africa.
"The Winter Fellowship at Salem Art Works is during their quiet half of the year. This allows for long hours of uninterrupted work. Working in 3D is not totally new to me but the vast majority of my previous work has been either drawing or painting. My last body of paintings is based on architectural shapes; and are ‘built’ on two dimensional planes. It was logical, as the next step in my artistic practice, to see what I could do with these ideas in three dimensions. With the assistance of the staff and facilities at SAW, I have managed to produce a body of experimental sculptures. These works explore the same inspirations as my two dimensional works, but provide me with a different means. The sculptures are made mostly of logs found around the forests surrounding SAW. Interventions into these organic shapes are formed by creating industrial inspired machine wood work and thread line work inside and around the found logs.This has allowed me to not only explore a relatively new medium, but take a step back and look at my creative process as a whole. To experiment not only with how the work is created, but with how it is conceived." - Ferdinand Kidd, 2015