Object Alchemy

“When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.” — Max Planck, Physicist

My mixed-media assemblage sculptures draw on the limitless capacity of ordinary objects for the poetic. Through them I examine the linguistic and psychological shift that occurs when assorted objects meld together and take shape in novel forms — off script and unexpected, unbound from utility.

I explore this conceptual mutability found in unique and common household and industrial objects and materials. Glass, wood, rubber, fur, metal and ceramic objects serve as my primary media. I exploit their shapes, colors, textures and materiality. Orchestrated together, they comprise something foreign to their intended purpose, while retaining an inkling of familiarity.

The objects initiate the process by hooking me. Through discovery from my interaction, they inspire and drive design. Development is informed by alchemy and magic, mythos and psychology, language and ritual.

Composition and craft hold together the multiple components. Illusory device makes these resulting forms of my unconscious appear seamless, as if the various parts belonged to each other. The distinctive sculptures, from handheld to life-size, can evoke a kind of internal free association by the viewer.

Humans are curious. We have a need to understand and explain the world around us. We do this through storytelling, to ourselves and to each other. My intention through my sculptures is that the viewer’s imagination is triggered to engage their own cultivated power to invent stories and to construct internal narratives for what they see. This is born of their own life experiences, memories, emotional journeys, as well as their own creative fantasy world.

Art is a work of magic, between the artist and the artwork, between the artwork and the viewer.

— Lee Hoag

Object Alchemy