Michael Powell grew up in Manassas, VA, tinkering with everything he could get his hands on. While attending Christopher Newport University, he was awarded the Betty Anglin Scholarship of Art for his paintings as well as an Undergraduate/Graduate Research Council grant to construct metal casting equipment. With the money from the grant and the help of Artist and Professor Gregory Henry, Michael provided the school the means to create metal sculptures for the first time. Since graduating he has been traveling and exploring new media to work with. His current work deals with deconstructing the sculptural process, focusing on the human figure as it is sculpted from preliminary techniques using wax and plaster. Michael has been painting and sculpting in his apartment in Belmont, anxiously awaiting replies from graduate school applications.
I propose to create 30 plaster and wax figurative models of which many, if not all, will be different in size and scope from one another.
My work involves the quick and natural process in completing formal representations of the human figure, often using the digital manipulation of a image to serve as the model. The process in itself is so wonderful to me that I intentionally leave works unfinished as to exploit a particular step that I think looks good. The figure is always a starting point for me, looking to make hidden and awkward forms beautiful. But that subject needs to be pushed in a cohesive way into the digital age. My concentration since college has been in the uncovering of traditional processes and materials- from the lost wax method and plaster models to unfinished metal casts. But because I am forever persuaded by technology, my ultimate goal is to incorporate new media and processes centering on the intellectual relationship that art creation has with the viewer. In my work I look forward to embellishing and/or subtracting from a subject matter, but it is my contradiction to the idea of completion that drives concept of the works.