Sestok, Robert – (Motif) Number 2

Artist: Robert Sestok
Description of piece: Abstract Landscape
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 16″ wide x 16″ long
Market Value: $1,000


Artist Statement:

Early in my career, living and working in downtown Detroit, inspired my deconstructivist methods for creating art. The Cass Corridor art community of the 1970s, of which I was a part of, used found objects and other non-traditional materials, tearing things apart and reconstructing them. These are processes that reflected the reality of this city during this time, and still does today. This period had a profound influence on my approach to making art.

I began to investigate the influence of my surroundings on my daily life, and my work intends to communicate this relationship. I spend a lot of time drifting between reality and abstraction — in my life, and in my work — looking for ‘missing links’ or symbols to explain my experience. For instance, in my welded steel sculptures, positive silhouetted forms often represent humanity; negative cuts can represent architecture, environmental space and its baggage. Welded steel works well for this, it takes me physically and spatially into symbolic metaphor — different forms connect creating different stories. There’s also a specific kind of permanency that comes with the way welded steel withstands the elements, giving extended life to the work.

I work in many different mediums, and these mediums are all intertwined. People call me a sculptor because I can weld metal, but many of my ideas for sculpture come from paintings and drawings. I think I am an artist first, who paints and draws and makes sculpture.

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