Carving His Own Space: The
Influences and Works of Sculptor Dorsey James
is the practice of taking raw materials and giving them shape; carving,
shaving, moulding until the material yields the form and spirit the artist
had seen encased there.
To manipulate material
and give it form is one thing; to shape and advance humanity and understanding
with that skill is another thing altogether, the measure, some would say,
of a true artist. In the case of Dorsey James, teacher and sculptor,
that measure seems somehow insufficient.
James is not simply
an accomplished wood sculptor. His understanding and fascination
with the human condition is revealed in his artworks, his teaching and
his character. He has an understanding of how emotions cross all
borders of race and ethnicity, how the human experience comes from both
suffering and peace, and how life is to be celebrated and treasured however
and wherever it is lived.
In examining his varied
influences and unique experiences, a greater understanding of the basis
and foundation for his work as both an artist and a teacher emerges, marking
James not only as a skilled technician but also as a thoughtful observer
of life and humanity. Read MORE...>