For New Jersey-based Casey McCafferty, what began as an interest in handicrafts eventually turned into his own sculptural practice. His functional art is an interpretation of reality as he perceives it, for which he turns to local wood and stone.
Ever since he was younger, Casey McCafferty had a passion for handwork. Thus, during his university studies in International Business, he had a studio where he could get his hands dirty. After his college career, he started working at a bank, but he gave up that job after a few years to build furniture full time. From building furniture, he then developed his sculpture practice. ‘I never really focused on becoming a sculptor,’ he explains. ‘I built furniture and was more inspired to bring my own designs and thoughts into each piece. I created furniture with my own twist. I always had fun projects in my store in various stages of development. By chance, a designer was looking around my studio and asked if she could purchase one of these pieces for her client. It dawned on me that there was a market for my functional art. Slowly I shifted my practice into the world of sculpture and was able to express myself more. I no longer had to follow drawings but could build according to my free will,’ he says.
His work is always evolving and changing in many ways. Now it has evolved more towards direct sculpture. I develop as I work. So I like to walk into the studio with a clean slate and a clear mind. I grab my tools and start carving and watch the forms take shape. Usually within a few hours I have some sort of theme for a piece." In doing so, the sculptor finds inspiration in nature, his family and past masters. ‘As I grow, mature and experience life, so does my art.’
His work is always evolving and changing in many ways.
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Images are courtesy of Casey McCafferty
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