KURT STEGER

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My creative work explores the architecture of sacred spaces and the ways in which they leave an imprint on the human psyche. Whether entering a majestic cathedral, a modernist building, or a Native American sweat lodge, the effect that each has upon us is powerful and transformational. Sacred architecture connects us not only to the structure itself, but also to our inner sanctum.

 

My sculptures are an amalgamation of modernist and primitive sensibilities. I’m drawn to the organic forms found in indigenous architecture. Pueblo structures of the American Southwest, as well as solitary monasteries in western Tibet, influence many of my sculptures. In both cases, the rudimentary lines and use of natural materials speak to the primal connection to the environment. The modernist lines of my sculptures are intended to synthesize in spirit and design with native forms, creating a fusion of minimalism and primitivism. 

 

I am interested in constructing psychological spaces into which one may enter, linger, and reflect. In my larger projects one may enter the structure and spend contemplative time within; in my smaller works the space is entered through the portal of the imagination. These sculptures contain hallowed objects collected from my travels, and they are often painted with bold interior coloring and purified with the smoke of sage. This process creates a sacred space within the sculpture or structure, thereby inviting the viewer to find his or her own archetypal narrative within.

 

In addition to my studio practice, I create outdoor sculptures and spaces. These are a natural extension of my interest in building in cooperation with nature, and my outdoor projects work in harmony with the natural world around them. Currently I am designing a studio on my property integrating these principals into the structure. The surrounding land is my laboratory for experimenting and creating sculptures that harmoniously merge the human spirit with the spirit of nature. 

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747 Route 28

Kingston, NY 12401

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