Artists in Time of Covid:

A Profile of Sculptor Robert Meyer

During these times of social distancing and closed businesses, we at Handwright Gallery turned to our artists to ask them, “How are you approaching your artwork during this time?”  We wanted you to get to know the real-people behind the artwork. Our third profile is of Connecticut based bronze and steel sculptor Robert Meyer.

Robert Meyer in Studio

“At first being forced to stay home was very productive, as ideas and concepts that had been in my head and my sketchbooks easily became reality.  Then I hit a wall.

One would think that endless time with no interruptions would give way to a stream of creativity. Surprisingly, at least for me, the opposite is true. I find myself “hiding out” in books and old movies as an escape from reality. My creative impulses seem to have shut down along with the outside world. With no external stimulation, I have had to turn inward for inspiration and push the boundaries of my work to explore new spacial concepts, combinations, materials

and dimensions, discovering previously untapped inspiration.”

 

Robert’s Fascinating Creative Process is Outlined Below:

 

I “sketch” by making models in foam board. They may be cut and reworked several times.

Inspiration for a sculpture can come from anywhere; something in nature, a found object, or in this case, a scrap of the foam board I used to make models from.

Robert Meyer Sculptor Reworked.

Sometimes they have been reworked so many times that it is necessary to make another model from the first, to have a clean model to work from.

Robert Meyer: Model being Scaled up in Cardboard.

Once the model is finished, it is enlarged in cardboard. There are often changes to the individual pieces in the enlarging process to make the pieces fit together properly. These cardboard pieces are then used as templates to cut the steel. After the steel has been welded, ground and polished, it is ready for finishing. This may be a chemical patina with a clear coat or wax, or powder coating.

Robert Meyer Intersecting Form.

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