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John Patrick Wells
School of Visual Arts in New York, NY
Faculty Sponsor: Andres Janacua

Metal, tar, soil
72 x 48 x 9 inches.

Artist Statement

My work responds to my father's cancer and a mass growing on my fifth vertebra. Though not life-threatening, this mass has forced me to think about my mortality, as well as what we can and cannot control. Most of my sculptures have a fatty wax tumor coming from or attaching itself to wood. Two separate things, the structure and the growth exist together–the growth marking an intervention between the material's natural state and the form it wants to take.