Brian Somerville sculpts beasts that tell stories. Somerville builds the beasts on crude armatures, eventually cutting up the solid forms, then hollowing them out and reassembling the creatures. He spends weeks (sometimes months!) carving the intricate patterns that cover each piece.
Shell-shocked, ceramic, mixed media
“Get your shelled ass moving!” barked the wild hare to its ride. As the tortoise slowed its pace and raced on till it died.
Barnstormer, ceramic, mixed media
It flew with wings of bolts and bones above the fog from coal. It saw the sky was falling down and did not tell a soul.
The Patriarch, ceramic, metal, wood, foam and epoxy
Respect the roots that hold your ground before your good name’s gone. Civilized versus savagery depends which side you’re on.
The Patriarch, detail
“The antics of my unpolished herd reflect our society in ways that are uncomfortably familiar. Remembering hard life lessons that were buried in childhood memories, re-evaluating our priorities as adults and even questioning our own mortality can all be realized through eye contact with a beast.”
Brian Somerville’s website