Michael Ford Dunton
I am a self taught artist living, learning and working in Castle Valley, UT for the last 22 years. In that time I have divided my energies between creating large scale outdoor public art, building a body of smaller fine art works and working on a commissioned basis in the private, commercial and municipal sectors.
Being self taught, my work has always been informed by the thrill of discovery and experimentation. As a result, I have worked with many media over the years- from leather and bone to plaster and concrete- but am currently focused on the disciplines of welding and stone carving; combining metal and stone with elements of light.
The object of my work is to create beauty. The high desert where I live is renowned for its introspective peace and majestic, out loud drama; my work is directed by and reflects the resonance of my surroundings. The mostly abstract forms I create are less about recreating what I see than expressing the emotional interaction between all my senses and the world around me. My focus is bent on the sub-corporeal forces that lie just beneath the surface of form. As I spent long hours at work my mind plays with the notion of forces that are felt rather than seen such as balance, growth, gravity and the sub-atomic whirlings that are constantly at play in seemingly inanimate objects. I look for the ephemeral movement of life in raw materials that epitomize solidity, mine my subconscious for the fleeting perception of that subtle energy and try to put it into lasting forms that I can see, caress and share.