Dunham Aurelius

American, born 1970

Dunham Aurelius

American, born 1970

In expressive bronze and mixed-media sculptures focused on the human figure, Dunham Aurelius explores the external conditions and internal drives that shape our experiences. These range from the terrible, including war, oppression, poverty, and emotional turmoil, to the sublime, like the sunset-hued New Mexican landscape, where he makes his home, and the arts of Oceania, Africa, and the Native Americans, whose abstract geometries inspire his own work. “I innately identify with, and pursue aesthetic connection to the aspects of primitive tribal arts and indigenous cultures,” he explains. Aurelius uses the ancient “lost wax” method to cast his bronze figures, whose heavily worked, semi-abstract bodies and spindly limbs recall Alberto Giacometti’s fragile beings. He also uses wood, steel, bones, and found objects, out of which he has shaped a variety of faces, who appear to be contorted by the weight of life.

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