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stephan goetschius celebrates the warmth and directness of wood

Born in Guam, Stephan Goetschius spent most of his youth in Kentucky surrounded by artists, an experience that influenced his decision to study art in college. Watch and listen as he explains his love of wood and how one decision changed his work from meh to masterful.

The result of his decision is a stunning collection of turned and carved mandalas and figures that mix ancient symbolism with a modern aesthetic.

Mandala 22 maple, gold leaf, 15 x 15 x 2

Mandala 22, detail

Various Figures burnt maple, 30 x 4.5 x 1.5 (each)

Set of Three burnt maple, 30 x 14 x 1.5

Set of Three, detail

This body of work can be described as ceremonial or pertaining to ritual. My intent is to communicate presence. The objects exude a presence and it is my hope that the audience gains a new perspective or awareness of their own presence, i.e., their occupancy. Stephen Goetschius

Mandala 31 bleached and burnt maple, gold leaf
16 x 16 x 2

Mandala 31, detail

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8 Responses to stephan goetschius celebrates the warmth and directness of wood

  1. LeBog! Pet the bunny.
    Stephen does amazing work. I was lucky enough to learn from him when he did an artist-in-residence at Indiana University of PA. A great artist and a great man.

  2. I don’t know which I love more – the work or the way he expresses his esthetic. His words and his philosopy really touched me. An intention to communicate presence – how clarifying I find that. Makes me think that if I could refine my own intention, which I think I have not thought nearly enough about, my art would follow into place in a whole new way. Thanks so much for bringing this remarkable man to us. Oh..and I am writing “From meh to masterful?” and putting it up on my bulletin board as added inspiration! Loved that! chris

  3. Breathtaking work! Stephan’s relentless study or his chosen forms and textures is almost zen like. As and artist and yogi, I have often found a correlation between the practice of both disciplines. This work may have been made by a man but they seem touched by something from a higher place.

  4. Potent work. Also a very good example of the importance of excellent photography, if one is serious about high-end visibility. The close-ups emphasize the deliberate aesthetics, and his mastery of the medium. Together with the full-size photos, his work has an impact that either one alone, or the less-well lit pieces, do not have. Wonderful control applied to personal philosophy.

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