Artist Statement

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I believe birth is a pathway to eternity. Bones remain the sole witness of a mortal existence and provide a narrative of our earthly life.  My work shows that death is not morbid, but simply the end of growth; I strive to resurrect forgotten spirits and recover stories of those deceased. In my sculptures, bones have a voice and can speak for themselves.

I am as careful as I can be when working with natural material. Bones in particular are intricate and fragile, so I attempt stabilize and preserve them with little alteration. When working with metal, I use magnification to add as much detail as possible, showing depth from a distance. I use a variety of tools such as Dremels, dental tools, and bone saws. Some tools I’ve made myself, and some I’ve modified.

One day, on a visit to The Peary Macmillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College, I saw a display of Inuit sculpture. I was moved to know I was not alone in my fascination with this beautiful medium. Seeing the way Inuits honored the spirit world with the same medium confirmed what I had discovered for myself. It was like I’d been given divine permission to push forward with my vision. I hope to educate my audience about the elegance of bones and present them as a beautiful and renewable medium with sacred significance.

Keith Plummer

2017

Sculpture, Jewelry, and Design

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