I aim to imbue my work with life, as if it has grown into existence of its own volition. Using an assortment of biomorphic forms and characteristics, I create pieces with outstretched stems, skin folds, creases, and plump clusters. The work suggests edible plant growth and is derived from the interpretation of berries, buds, fruits, sprouts, and seed pods. Parts of the sculptures often appear to grow out of one another, suggesting natural processes and internal energies, while the meticulous craftsmanship leaves no obvious mark of the hand on the work. With these curious, enticing, somewhat familiar forms I hope to tap into the viewer’s innate bond with and instinctive appreciation for living things.

* I reside in Buffalo, NY and teach Art and Design at Villa Maria College

Jesse Walp