DONOVAN      WIDMER
artist statement

My current artworks examine how ideologies evolve. I am interested in the ways belief systems are impacted, modified, and negated by external institutions such as philosophy, science, and religion. The individual artworks are an assemblage of appropriated images and materials that are deconstructed and combined with fabricated elements. These elements are constructed through traditional metalsmithing processes—a practice as significant as the end product.

Within all of my work I attempt to strike a balance between our moral and social flaws, as well as the persistence and integrity that constructively advances our culture. The images and objects are meant to be amusing, sardonic, and peculiar. It is my intention to examine the causes and effects that the progression of new knowledge has on our ideologies.

METALSMITH