My working method has always centered on my personal response to found, reclaimed objects and other cast-offs. I usually don’t actively look for these sources, but rather “let them find me.” Sometimes this process is accelerated by “finds” that “picker friends” save for me.
By juxtaposing the newly acquired items with selections from other materials stored in boxes in my studio, I begin to fabricate the assemblages and collages. Then it’s a matter of adding or subtracting elements until the desired effect is achieved. This working method allows me the freedom and flexibility to take exploratory paths I wouldn’t normally travel.
When incorporating found objects, one is never completely the master of one’s fate. It becomes a collaboration with chance, and the material itself is the source of inspiration.
Within the premise that art is as much “visceral as visual,” I feel the use of dicarded objects adds much to the equation. One’s response to an object in a new context elicits in the viewer a sense of layered richness and mystery.To see more of Rovenolt’s work, visit www.bcaonline.org.
- Fred X Brownstein, Marble Sculptor
- Jennifer Gross, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
- Annette Lemieux, Senior Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University