The work is a product of my desire to be engaged in a creative process of posing questions and solving problems … to engage viewers in a creative process of their own as they attempt to discern the true function of the objects.
Price range: $1,795 - $3,695
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Todd Volz
The recognizable and the unknown. The everyday and the absurd. Reality versus imagination. These are the elements that imaginative, querying and skilled clay artist Todd Volz beings to his singular works.
“I create ceramic sculptures and functional objects that resemble obscure mechanical devices from our industrial past,” he notes. Volz draws inspiration from the forms and surfaces of antique domestic appliances, medical devices and farm machinery to create works that reflect, as he puts it, “a spirit of inventiveness, ingenuity and whimsy.” The work, for Volz, is a product of his desire to be engaged in a creative process of posing questions and solving problems. “The mechanical forms and antiqued surfaces that I use are meant to be familiar, to engage viewers in a creative process of their own as they attempt to discern the true function of the objects amidst varying levels of real and imagined functionality.” At the same time, the forms and surfaces that Volz creates remain slightly unfamiliar to emphasize the true nature of the processes and materials being utilized in his creation of each object.
A small-town Wyoming upbringing preceded Volz receiving his bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Wyoming and his MFA from the University of Idaho. Since graduate school Volz has maintained a studio practice and taught ceramics in adjunct positions at the University of Idaho, Santa Fe [NM] University of Art and Design, and Colorado State University. He also served as studio director at Santa Fe Clay for two years.
Volz has exhibited his work across the west in such prestigious institutions has the Boise Art Museum (a juried exhibition in 2007), The New Mexico Museum of Art and the Santa Fe Clay Gallery (both in 2012). The Northern Arizona University Art Museum hosted a solo exhibition, “Circuitous,” of Todd Volz work in 2019.
Volz is currently working and teaching in Boulder, Colorado.