Quentin Ragan

I work with the relationship between the characteristics of an existing form and my abstracted aesthetic understanding of that form. I either simplify the observable form to its basic characteristics, so it is recognizable as more than just a single object, or I stray away from the original form and discover how various shapes can interact inside an artist’s head, and create something unique. The simplifying of form, I believe, shows the common shapes of nature that become apparent when surface detail is removed. Animals can be recognized within a lightning bolt. And when the exact context of a form is taken out of its natural surroundings, it puts an emphasis on the shapes that “work” in nature.

cast aluminum sculpture, 11 x 4 x 2 inches

Slope of Purgatory
cast aluminum sculpture, 4 x 11 x 2 inches

carved concrete sculpture, 7 x 6 x 4 inches