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