The natural world is major source of my inspiration. Beetles, budding plants, shells, seed pods or lava flows are forms that I use in a more universal way without directly referencing a specific source. The merging of these forms often results in sensual objects reminiscent of nature that leave the mind curious as it grasps for what is familiar yet excited by what is peculiar. As I develop this body of work, I imagine these objects evolving into large, aerial yet lightweight sculptures as well as sensual architectural elements. The scale and colorful nature of these sculptures will create a physically and visually engaging environment that will ignite the visitor’s imagination.
About Chip Clawson
I am a sculptor making mostly public art and large-scale architectural ceramic and fabric-formed concrete installations from my studio in Helena, MT. My public and private art installations in Helena include the Bray Odyssey Arch at the Archie Bray Foundation; All of the Above None of the Above, a series of benches in Pioneer Park; Buddy Benches at Jefferson School; and several arches, gateways, sculptural walls and architecture-scale sculptures at the my home. I also have public art in Billings, MT; Portland, OR; and Edinboro, PA. My most recent works include Ode to Edward James (2015-2018) with columns up to 20 feet tall and Catalonia (2019-2020) with mosaic columns and an arch that are 11 to 14 feet tall.
I came to the Archie Bray Foundation in 1977 to be the Clay Business Manager and would serve in three different roles there with my final retirement in 2017. I currently am and have been creating sculptures from my Helena studio since 1998.