Adam Thomas Rees
Creation has been the guiding passion in my life. For me, the creative process—transforming materials into expression and something beyond mere representation—is both a risk and a joy. The last twenty years of my life have been dedicated to the arts, but I am still exploring and pushing, finding new ways to maximize the potential of polymer clay.
All of my sculptures come into being through a multi-step process of creating canes, welding the animal form, and then covering the forms in slices of the polymer clay canes. I sculpt animals because I grew up in the rural West where I was always connected to nature; it was a fundamental piece in shaping who I am and what I value. Through color and shape I create sculpture that captures particular characteristics of nature: the radar ears of a rabbit and its lean-ready to run frame, the lithe and playful curiosity of an otter, the stoic hardiness of a bison.
Even though I now live in Salt Lake City, UT with my wife and two bossy cats, nature still is, and always will be, part of me. Whenever the conveniences, comforts, and frustrations of this mid-city life are too much, I return to nature, the place that shapes and informs my life and my art.