Hugh Witzmann OSB
Sculptor in Residence
Saint John's Abbey and University
I am an image maker who invites you
to examine, experience, interpret
and, finally, to respond to the ideas
to be found in the shapes I have made.
What I make is bronze sculpture
which might be best described
as a visual, tactile and
three-dimensional work of art.
Art, to be sure, is in the eye of the
beholder and so I, especially
as a sculptor,
shy away from using
verbal "piffle" to tell you, the viewer,
what might be seen, touched,
enjoyed or disliked in my work.
Freedom in the creative process
of bronze casting begins with wax,
a soft, unassuming, yet inviting medium.
Details in wax may be easily altered
until the shape hints at permanence,
strength and acceptance.
Bronze replaces wax to express
Bronze is a living metallic alloy
with a history, a mystique all its own.
I like what it tells me. For me,
bronze is a metaphor of qualities
I find in monastic living--- simplicity,
stability, honesty and
a humane beauty purified through fire.
Bronze accepts patina of color
which brings it life---
an enhancement of the living quality
of bronze which begs a response
from the viewer
long after the artist leaves you
with the sculpture.
You may recognize a style
in these sculptures:
.... they may reflect
primitive African sculpture
with its unadulterated form,
.... they may recall classical art
of ancient Greece,
with its simple, essential and
aesthetic concern for
design and compositions
.... or they may remind you
of religious sculpture
of Romanesque France
or Catalan Spain
with their ecstatic lines
of timelessness and abstraction.
Galleries: The Ancient Art of Bronzes | Sacred Sculpture
Hugh Witzmann OSB MFA