|Skip Willits - Camanche, Iowa
Artist's StatementI live near the river and spend much of my time in the forests of its islands. I am drawn to the huge flotsam piles of driftwood the floods leave behind. Lately I’ve been borrowing these materials to create “bramble stacks”. I collect and collage these driftwoods into a steel skeletal framework, creating a solid wood and steel sculpture. The process is often times ritualistic and site specific.
|Through the years his father taught Skip the characteristics of many types of materials, steel, cast iron, aluminum and applications from arc to torch welding. In 1983 Skip completed and placed “Ring of Life”, his first large scale outdoor public sculpture in Clinton, Iowa. Since that time, he has continued to make art and lives, happily, on the banks of the Mississippi River.
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Sales price - $2,000