ARTIST STATEMENT 

For as long as I can remember, the idea of making something and the pride I felt from showing it to others has been a driving force in my life. 

At a young and impressionable age, my father took me to visit the studio of his friend Jacques Lipchitz in Hastings-on-Hudson. I remember being completely captivated watching and listening as he worked on a massive clay sculpture destined to become one of his famous bronzes. This was the ultimate "show and tell" game, and its influence on me has not diminished.

My personal feeling is that strong works of art are largely about the medium. For me, the solidity and strength of stone has had a profound effect. Rock grounds me... connects me to the earth and its history. Shaping stone is not a spontaneous exercise; it takes perseverance, dedication, and patience, attributes that I hold in high esteem in life and work.

The history I feel in each block of stone or plate of steel has directed my interest toward a fascination with artifacts, objects which may offer information about the culture of its creator and users. I am interested in reinterpreting man-made objects, often familiar in form but mysterious in function.

My belief is that most of us are driven to search for a high level of perfection in the lives we create for ourselves. For me – the perfected forms of Euclidean geometry are a representation of this quest and the breaks / tears / slices / etc. are the realization that human perfection only exists in dreams. But, I feel it is imperative to realize that the “breaks” can be beautiful in the objects I create and in the lives we lead.

At first glance, my art may resemble archetypal forms; however a closer investigation may lead to more questions than answers about its provenance. My hope is that each individual observer will ask questions based upon their own experience and thereby begin to discover more about art, life, nature, and themselves.

Jonathan Prince Studio

Jonathan Prince Studio