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John Sisko at Work
Photo by Mel Curtis

   Artist Statement   

by John Sisko



My sculpture has always drawn from human and animal forms. Working with these forms began as an exploration of myself and, in a way, all of my work is about me; each piece a kind of self-portrait. These portraits express a sort of meditation about some aspect of my experience, such as my relationship with past and memory, the present, and the future. Most are reflections of a dichotomy, such as man and animal, physical and mental, or freedom and necessity.

Most also include a narrative that connects with the viewer, because ultimately, the experience of the viewer is not a general experience (as in the dichotomy of light and dark). It is a specific experience which fits into the viewer’s own narrative.

Emotions have bodies, thoughts have bodies, and stories have bodies. When I conceptualize my own experiences, I do so with the thought of a human body bending or turning or posturing. All of my sculptures develop out of a specific event and are refined using my skill, the craft, and the very real experience of making the work.