This work is many things. It is the embracement of craft as a canon; it is the pursuit of understanding; it is the culmination of a segment of my life. However, above all else, it is a reflection of me. It represents how I think and how I work. For the is what you think later tonight and what you think tomorrow and into the future. My hope is that this will be a memory for you. You will have this connection and this experience to reference in the way you think and work.

We are becoming a society of designers. We are losing the maker, the thing that identifies us, and I see this as a great threat. Without the understanding of how something is made, our designs, our ideas and our objects will become more and more disjointed, stripped of their genius. I think we, as a species, have defined ourselves as something different and often something special, separated from nature through our ability and our want to make. While we all make different things and for different reasons, we all need that drive to make. It gives us goals and thus accomplishments. Without that, we will become lost, unable to explain our surroundings. By making, we take control of our environment, and we become the catalyst for how our surroundings affect us.

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Sculptures by Aaron Murphy

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