Jason Lyons – Wildlife Assemblages Formed from Reinterpreted Refuse
Creations from man made objects discarded as refuse and reinterpreted to form objects found in nature are the inspirations for my art. The simple spoon forms the body of a rainbow trout; a discarded children’s toy becomes the foundation for a moose; oil cans transform into armadillos. Whose to say every spoon handle is not a bird’s wing waiting to take ﬂight? Ideas grow from a single reclaimed object consisting of primarily wood or metal that create the foundation of its repurpose. Sensing exactly what a certain item is to become just by it’s very shape, material and innate energy sculptures literally grow from that humble beginning. Building on that the reclaimed objects are then transformed from their mechanized human intentions into organic ﬁgures found in nature.
Some of my earliest memories are of trips out “Junk” hunting with my father and of spending summers traveling the art show circuits in the family’s red VW bus. This and a childhood spent in the outdoors greatly has influenced my inspirations and mediums I sculpt in. My formal education, as well as much of my daily life, revolves around art. I excel in areas that focus on sculpting from reclaimed objects consisting of primarily wood and metal, augmented with, well, whatever else I can find. To me, it is the organic nature of many of these man-made objects that serves as a natural inspiration for me and lend themselves to the organic figures I produce.