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ART SCULPTOR: Sculpting Is Like Dance

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Mary is an independent sculptor describing her work as abstract expressionism. She explains her educational path and unique career path, and how important it is to follow your heart.

School: Cleveland Institute Of Art
Degree: Sculpture
Job Title: Art Sculptor
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Artists and Related Workers, All Other

Job Description

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, or other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than a functional one.

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$20,000 - $60,000
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-2 to 3 percent
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Flexible, Irregular, Part-time, Full-time
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Outdoor, Indoor, Office, Home
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Hand-eye coordination, Artistic, Creativity, Likes working with hands, Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills

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m='17120'>of</span> <span m='17210'>products.</span> <span m='17830'>So</span> <span m='18630'>right</span> <span m='18880'>now,</span> <span m='19110'>I'm</span> <span m='19250'>doing--</span> <span m='19820'>I</span> <span m='19900'>have</span> <span m='20060'>a</span> <span m='20120'>line</span> <span m='20430'>of</span> <span m='20570'>garden</span> <span m='20910'>planners</span> <span m='21680'>that</span> <span m='21860'>I</span> <span m='21930'>started</span> <span m='23430'>during</span> <span m='23640'>the</span> <span m='23730'>downturn,</span> <span m='24590'>2008,</span> <span m='25650'>out</span> <span m='25770'>of</span> <span m='25830'>the</span> <span m='25900'>same</span> <span m='26150'>material</span> <span m='26740'>that</span> <span m='26940'>I</span> <span m='27010'>use</span> <span m='27520'>for</span> <span m='27640'>my</span> <span m='27830'>sculpture,</span> <span m='28480'>which</span> <span m='28590'>is</span> <span m='28960'>behind</span> <span m='29370'>me.</span> <span m='30650'>And</span> <span m='33500'>my</span> <span m='33630'>line's</span> <span m='33910'>called</span> <span m='34110'>Planners</span> <span m='34540'>By</span> <span m='34710'>a</span> <span m='34790'>Sculptor,</span> <span m='35320'>because</span> <span m='35750'>I</span> <span m='35800'>wanted</span> <span m='36380'>that</span> <span m='36650'>cross</span> <span m='36960'>pollination</span> <span m='37660'>to</span> <span m='37730'>happen,</span> <span m='38300'>which</span> <span m='38750'>is</span> <span m='39390'>right</span> <span m='39610'>now,</span> <span m='39770'>it's</span> <span m='39900'>happening.</span> <span m='40420'>They've</span> <span m='40680'>invited</span> <span m='41140'>me</span> <span m='41370'>to</span> <span m='41480'>show</span> <span m='41660'>my</span> <span m='41790'>sculpture</span> <span m='43030'>in</span> <span m='43220'>the</span> <span m='43320'>flower and</span> <span m='43680'>garden</span> <span m='43970'>show.</span> <span m='45940'>It</span> <span m='46000'>was</span> <span m='46330'>2010,</span> <span m='47370'>I</span> <span m='47420'>believe,</span> <span m='47820'>I</span> <span m='47880'>was</span> <span m='48340'>asked</span> <span m='48810'>to</span> <span m='48910'>show</span> <span m='49180'>my</span> <span m='49330'>planters,</span> <span m='50070'>which</span> <span m='50340'>I did,</span> <span m='50800'>which</span> <span m='51260'>is</span> <span m='51720'>when I</span> <span m='52180'>started.</span> <span m='53100'>But</span> <span m='53660'>right</span> <span m='53880'>now,</span> <span m='54280'>I'm</span> <span m='54570'>really</span> <span m='54840'>trying</span> <span m='55080'>to</span> <span m='55150'>focus</span> <span m='55640'>on</span> <span m='55810'>my</span> <span m='55910'>sculpture.</span> </p><p><span m='56740'>Recently</span> <span m='57170'>a</span> <span m='57230'>friend</span> <span m='57650'>said</span> <span m='57940'>to</span> <span m='58100'>me,</span> <span m='59200'>they</span> <span m='59400'>described</span> <span m='59870'>my</span> <span m='59980'>work</span> <span m='60310'>as</span> <span m='60470'>gestural,</span> <span m='61160'>concrete.</span> <span m='63300'>And</span> <span m='64280'>that</span> <span m='64470'>has</span> <span m='64629'>really</span> <span m='64819'>resonated,</span> <span m='65860'>especially</span> <span m='67030'>with</span> <span m='67250'>the</span> <span m='67350'>new</span> <span m='67570'>work</span> <span m='68040'>that</span> <span m='68230'>I'm</span> <span m='68390'>doing</span> <span m='69390'>that's</span> <span m='69810'>very</span> <span m='70130'>loopy</span> <span m='71510'>like</span> <span m='71750'>that.</span> <span m='72430'>And</span> <span m='74110'>it's</span> <span m='74290'>almost</span> <span m='74570'>like</span> <span m='74850'>dance.</span> <span m='76450'>It</span> <span m='76640'>starts</span> <span m='77020'>out</span> <span m='77230'>with</span> <span m='77430'>a</span> <span m='77480'>very</span> <span m='77740'>strong</span> <span m='78890'>feeling,</span> <span m='79790'>and</span> <span m='79980'>then</span> <span m='80190'>I'll</span> <span m='80595'>do</span> <span m='81000'>a</span> <span m='81090'>line</span> <span m='81500'>drawing</span> <span m='82890'>for</span> <span m='82980'>that</span> <span m='83240'>feeling.</span> <span m='84530'>And</span> <span m='84820'>from</span> <span m='85010'>that</span> <span m='85220'>point on,</span> <span m='85860'>I</span> <span m='85930'>start</span> <span m='86270'>my</span> <span m='87050'>armature,</span> <span m='87640'>which</span> <span m='87840'>is</span> <span m='88060'>the</span> <span m='88450'>under</span> <span m='88710'>structure.</span> <span m='90030'>And</span> <span m='90460'>try</span> <span m='90600'>to</span> <span m='90680'>get</span> <span m='90890'>into</span> <span m='91230'>the</span> <span m='91310'>materials</span> <span m='92480'>as</span> <span m='92660'>soon</span> <span m='92870'>as</span> <span m='93080'>possible.</span> <span m='94240'>But</span> <span m='94410'>it's</span> <span m='94610'>all--</span> <span m='95910'>I</span> <span m='96020'>guess</span> <span m='96240'>I'm</span> <span m='96360'>closest</span> <span m='96940'>to</span> <span m='97225'>an</span> <span m='97510'>abstract</span> <span m='98020'>expressionist.</span> <span m='99740'>And</span> <span m='100770'>I</span> <span m='100960'>try</span> <span m='101510'>to</span> <span m='102830'>be</span> <span m='103060'>really</span> <span m='104130'>present</span> <span m='105710'>in</span> <span m='105880'>the</span> <span m='105970'>moment,</span> <span m='106830'>and</span> <span m='106970'>try</span> <span m='107170'>to</span> <span m='107280'>really</span> <span m='107570'>identify</span> <span m='109370'>what</span> <span m='109610'>it</span> <span m='109760'>is</span> <span m='110570'>that</span> <span m='111290'>I'm</span> <span m='111460'>being</span> <span m='111730'>impacted</span> <span m='112430'>by.</span> <span m='114070'>I</span> <span m='114150'>don't</span> <span m='114330'>always</span> <span m='114590'>articulate</span> <span m='115210'>it,</span> <span m='115400'>but</span> <span m='116420'>it's</span> <span m='117040'>just</span> <span m='117280'>a</span> <span m='117340'>feeling.</span> <span m='118640'>And</span> <span m='118840'>I</span> <span m='118890'>try</span> <span m='119080'>to</span> <span m='119200'>stay</span> <span m='119760'>true</span> <span m='120060'>to</span> <span m='120150'>that</span> <span m='120400'>feeling</span> <span m='121280'>throughout</span> <span m='121590'>my</span> <span m='121720'>entire</span> <span m='122220'>process.</span> </p><p><span m='123620'>Regarding</span> <span m='123840'>my</span> <span m='123940'>career</span> <span m='124410'>and my</span> <span m='124530'>educational</span> <span m='125240'>path,</span> <span m='126120'>I</span> <span m='126240'>went</span> <span m='126600'>to</span> <span m='126900'>the</span> <span m='127080'>Cleveland</span> <span m='127540'>Institute</span> <span m='128070'>of</span> <span m='128199'>Art.</span> <span m='129590'>I</span> <span m='129680'>graduated</span> <span m='130259'>first</span> <span m='130610'>in</span> <span m='130699'>my</span> <span m='130830'>class.</span> <span m='133970'>I</span> <span m='134070'>went</span> <span m='134860'>directly</span> <span m='135350'>to</span> <span m='135520'>New</span> <span m='135610'>York</span> <span m='136350'>after</span> <span m='136660'>that,</span> <span m='137780'>and</span> <span m='139500'>ended</span> <span m='139760'>up</span> <span m='139880'>working</span> <span m='140280'>in</span> <span m='140410'>a</span> <span m='142640'>cabinet</span> <span m='143060'>shop,</span> <span m='143890'>and</span> <span m='144050'>doing</span> <span m='145220'>demolition</span> <span m='145675'>and</span> <span m='146130'>construction.</span> <span m='149060'>But</span> <span m='149280'>always</span> <span m='149510'>trying</span> <span m='149680'>to</span> <span m='149770'>do</span> <span m='150420'>sculpture.</span> <span m='151580'>And</span> <span m='151750'>then</span> <span m='151980'>I</span> <span m='152040'>moved</span> <span m='152370'>into</span> <span m='152710'>the</span> <span m='152870'>costume</span> <span m='153370'>jewelry,</span> <span m='154100'>and</span> <span m='154250'>that's</span> <span m='154520'>how</span> <span m='154650'>it</span> <span m='155080'>seems</span> <span m='155410'>to</span> <span m='155520'>take</span> <span m='155820'>off,</span> <span m='156750'>at</span> <span m='156900'>which</span> <span m='157160'>point</span> <span m='157830'>my</span> <span m='158020'>family</span> <span m='158410'>invited</span> <span m='158880'>me</span> <span m='159110'>to</span> <span m='159270'>move</span> <span m='159620'>out</span> <span m='159830'>to</span> <span m='159900'>California.</span> <span m='160670'>And</span> <span m='161330'>I</span> <span m='161420'>thought,</span> <span m='161800'>wow,</span> <span m='162090'>how</span> <span m='162360'>can</span> <span m='162670'>I pass this up.</span> <span m='164360'>So</span> <span m='165690'>that's</span> <span m='166210'>what</span> <span m='166350'>brought</span> <span m='166580'>me</span> <span m='166730'>out</span> <span m='166950'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='168360'>Any</span> <span m='168540'>advice that</span> <span m='169020'>I</span> <span m='169140'>have</span> <span m='169660'>or</span> <span m='170620'>important</span> <span m='171210'>things</span> <span m='171730'>to</span> <span m='171840'>remember,</span> <span m='172790'>especially</span> <span m='173040'>if</span> <span m='173080'>you're</span> <span m='173270'>a</span> <span m='173370'>young</span> <span m='173540'>person</span> <span m='174030'>starting</span> <span m='174600'>out,</span> <span m='176040'>I</span> <span m='176130'>think</span> <span m='176400'>the</span> <span m='176560'>most</span> <span m='176870'>important</span> <span m='177410'>thing</span> <span m='177920'>is</span> <span m='178680'>to</span> <span m='179700'>discover</span> <span m='180270'>what</span> <span m='180590'>really</span> <span m='180870'>matters</span> <span m='181420'>to</span> <span m='181550'>you,</span> <span m='181870'>what</span> <span m='182050'>you</span> <span m='182250'>feel</span> <span m='182550'>in</span> <span m='182670'>your</span> <span m='182860'>heart,</span> <span m='183550'>what</span> <span m='184520'>inspires</span> <span m='185420'>you.</span> <span m='186570'>So</span> <span m='186680'>many</span> <span m='186870'>people</span> <span m='188030'>want</span> <span m='188260'>to</span> <span m='188330'>find</span> <span m='188740'>their</span> <span m='188900'>passion,</span> <span m='189750'>so</span> <span m='189850'>I</span> <span m='189950'>guess</span> <span m='190250'>that's</span> <span m='191140'>what</span> <span m='191420'>this</span> <span m='191630'>is</span> <span m='191790'>about.</span> <span m='192150'>But</span> <span m='192300'>if</span> <span m='192430'>you</span> <span m='192650'>can</span> <span m='193010'>identify</span> <span m='194670'>what</span> <span m='195200'>is</span> <span m='195540'>the</span> <span m='195640'>strongest</span> <span m='196380'>in</span> <span m='196490'>your</span> <span m='196620'>heart,</span> <span m='197160'>what</span> <span m='197460'>really</span> <span m='197830'>gets</span> <span m='198150'>you</span> <span m='198370'>going,</span> <span m='199062'>that's</span> <span m='199410'>going</span> <span m='199520'>to</span> <span m='199600'>carry</span> <span m='199990'>you</span> <span m='200500'>through</span> <span m='200780'>life.</span> <span m='201990'>And</span> <span m='203330'>even</span> <span m='203720'>though</span> <span m='204310'>I've</span> <span m='204680'>made</span> <span m='205920'>lots</span> <span m='206280'>of</span> <span m='206380'>deviations</span> <span m='207170'>from</span> <span m='207400'>that,</span> <span m='207760'>and</span> <span m='207890'>doing</span> <span m='208380'>various</span> <span m='208790'>products,</span> <span m='209640'>I</span> <span m='210040'>have</span> <span m='210140'>always</span> <span m='210390'>come</span> <span m='210540'>back</span> <span m='210780'>to</span> <span m='210890'>sculpture,</span> <span m='211770'>because</span> <span m='212060'>that's</span> <span m='212300'>my</span> <span m='212420'>first</span> <span m='212880'>love.</span> <span m='213340'>And</span> <span m='215730'>that's</span> <span m='215930'>what</span> <span m='216050'>life's</span> <span m='216320'>about.</span> <span m='217160'>Identifying</span> <span m='217870'>who</span> <span m='218060'>you</span> <span m='218240'>are</span> <span m='218940'>and</span> <span m='219190'>how</span> <span m='219420'>you</span> <span m='219560'>want</span> <span m='219690'>to</span> <span m='219730'>be</span> <span m='219850'>in</span> <span m='219950'>this</span> <span m='220130'>world.</span> </p>","file":{"id":585723,"video_id":"","name":"2964-Mary - Sculptor.mp4","duration":221077,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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