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Robert Caputo
University of Iowa
Faculty Sponsor: Isabel Barbuzza

Self Portrait
Wood, metal, iPod Nano, rubber, digital video
3 x 5 x 6 in.

Artist Statement

Each of my sculptures encloses a secret thing—a latent action revealed through touch or an interior space. Often, the exact dimensions—and existence—of this hidden element can only be known imperfectly. Like James Tate, I believe that “some mysteries are better left unsolved. Others are dreary, distasteful, and can disarrange a shadow into a thing of unspeakable beauty.” My work imagines such an incandescent inner-world, one enfolded within and that also unfolds on to the real.