October 23, 2007

Rashad Butler


Rashad Butler
MFA year 1 sculpture

I define the use of magic as the influence over matter, giving one the ability to manipulate form. The transformation of form gives the user power over human perception. The visual artist shares identity with the conjurer. I have always been amazed by the artist’s journey from the conception of an idea to its physical manifestation. It is a process that transforms and animates matter. My work illustrates this voyage. I build three-dimensional maps, evoking totemic ascension, intertwined with spiritually significant symbolism. These maps represent a journey from ideation (birth) through the building process (maturation) until complete manifestation (death) is reached. With this work I evoke the magical nature of art.