Curiosity led me to experiment with a variety of media. While photographing landscapes, I studied rock formations and experimented with digital enhancement to accentuate fractals and the mysterious imagery that emerged. Later I moved into a three dimensional realm and began to sculpt. Working with wood, I became fixated on patterns caused by spalting, often enhancing a piece with turquoise inlay. Gradually, I moved on to carving bone and antler, creating both large and miniature sculptures using a variety of shapes and texture, amazed at how it all fit together. Recently, I discovered my passion for working with metal. I began to design jewelry and sculptures using bronze, copper, brass, silver, and gold. I’ve been applying ancient techniques to form and shape along with a process of heating and cooling to create vibrant and unusual patinas. My current work is the result of a long and winding path of discovery, pulling together skills and wisdom gathered along this remarkable journey.
Before commencing any project, I am compelled to deeply study the lines of the medium with which I’m working. To avoid inserting my own bias, I try to view the material from my subconscious, holding it in different directions to see its possibilities. I let it rest then resonate. After a while I pick it up and it speaks to me by showing me an image I might have missed or affirming a hunch I might have had.
Bones hold a deeply sacred meaning. The sacrum is the most sacred of all bones. It makes the perfect mask in the way the holes line up with the eyes on a human face. I am drawn to these dark spaces that pull me in. Being the youngest in a large family, I was often on my own to sort out my thoughts. Creativity was a risk. I had to mask any impulse to express myself through art. So my use of jaw bone is also symbolic, as it gives me a voice that has been muted for most of my life. I long to celebrate the purity and honesty found in bones – elegant configurations – that form the foundation of all human and animal existence. My work shines light on that which is typically discarded, buried, or burned, bringing back into form that which longs to be reincarnated and beheld.
Thus, the process of making art is a journey of leaving the material world to retrieve an artifact from that suspension in time; it’s a casting aside of my conditioning to evoke an inner voice; it’s both a departure from the norm and a reentry toward accepting what the process has led me to create.
53 Oyster Creek Lane
Damariscotta, Maine 04543
Innovative self taught sculptor, working in bone, wood, and metal using unconventional and ancient methods to create surreal objects with voice and personality.
2016 Michael Good Metal Smithing Rockport, Maine
2015 Metal Smithing and Jewelry, Maine College of Art, Portland
2010 Bronze Casting, New England School of Metal Working, Lewiston, Maine
2008 Blacksmithing, New England School of Metal Working, Lewiston, Maine
2007 Digital Photography, University of Maine, Lewiston, Maine
2007 Black and White Photography, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
2006 Black and White Photography, University of Maine, Lewiston, Maine
2016 “38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition”, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey
2016 “Trees of Life and Evil Eyes”, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, New York
2016 “Out of Order”, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, Massachusetts
2016 “Juried Art Show” BWAC, Brooklyn, New York
2016 “22nd Annual Juried Exhibition” Zullo Gallery, Medfield, Massachusetts
2016 “Juror’s Choice”, Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts
2016 “Spring Exhibition 2016”, Black Hole Gallery, Rockland, Maine
2016 “Flowers”, River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, Maine
2016 “Twins: Night and Day”, Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International, “New Beginnings”, Online Juried Exhibition.
2016 “Narwhale: Unicorn of the Sea”, Honorable Recognition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, “Open-No Theme”, International Online Contest.
2016 “Twins: Night and Day”, 3rd place, International Gallery of the Arts, “2nd Annual Arts of Humanity” International Online Contest.
2016 “Goo goo J’oob”, 1st Place Sculpture, Naples for the Arts, Naples, Maine
2017 Woven Tale Press, Online Literary Magazine February Issue, Volume V#1
2017 Exquisite Arts Magazine, International Gallery of the Arts, Canada, January Issue
2016 Davistown Museum Liberty, Maine
“Keith Plummer has two works in the show, ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Cat Mask’ using found bone parts and rock that celebrate the ongoing process of natural decomposition to a fascinating effect.” Juror Nick Capasso, “Out of Order”, Art Scope Magazine, November and December Issue, 2016.