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Sponsor: Edmond Visual Arts Commission partnered with Randel Shadid
My work is conceptual. I begin each piece with a question, usually related to human roles or relationships. I examine myths, symbols, and the origins of how we define ourselves. Sometimes, my work takes me deep into personal experience as I try to understand events in my life. Other times, my work requires me to be more academic. I study history, philosophy, religion and the origin of words to understand the things that have shaped me. I do not believe that art is merely a reflection of what we see in the world.
Instead, for me, art is a process of discovery where the work teaches me as much as I shape it. If a topic is worthy as a subject, I know little about it, even as it creates a deep emotional response in me. I try to explore what I do not know, seeking to give form and voice to the thing in each of us that is silent and tantric.
Medium type: Bronze
Date created: 2007