About the Artist and the Work
About the artist:
David Finn has had over 15 solo exhibitions, including shows in New York, London, Milan, Hong Kong and Lund, Sweden. The recipient of fellowship grants from the Bemis Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Finn currently holds a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellowship. Two catalogs of the artists work have been published. David Finn has taught sculpture at Wake Forest University from 1987- 1991, and since 1995.
About the work:
David Finn has worked as a sculptor for since 1982 when he began making small child -size bodies from newspaper and placing them in evocative installations called Newspaper Children. Masked Figures, life-sized figures made of refuse materials and wearing painted masks, were developed in New York in the 1980’s in part as a response to the wealth and poverty of everyday life there. Since moving to Winston-Salem in 1987 the artist’s material vocabulary expanded to include ceramics, steel, wood, wax, stone and plastics. In 1999, after a visit to Vermont, Finn began Ghosts, a series of shoes carved in marble.
More information about the artist and work is available at www.wfu.edu/~finndt.
As I was making a group of statues that were broken and damaged, I progressed in the breaking of them until all I had left were the feet and shoes. This was what was left over from the statues from our past: a pair of shoes. Like the holocaust shoes or shoes to be filled, they are empty, no longer inhabited. The pair, which could stand for a lost body, soon became the single cinderella shoe, with a mate out there somewhere, less indicative of a body missing, than a relic carried around for its own sake. Like ghosts, they should haunt us with beauty and fears from the past: the perfect body, its loss, and the possibility of art to outlast us.