manifest national drawing annual 2005 exhibition-in-print
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Robert Craig
Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University, Associate Professor

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Drawing is critical to the development of my large-scale sculpture, which requires thorough consideration prior to fabrication. Sketches and scale drawings are crucial steps, not only in originating ideas, but also in determining the final form and how it will be constructed. Sketching provides a direct exploration of ideas that is relatively rapid and mutable; scale drawings enable me to proportion forms effectively. My sculptures derive their abstract form partially through utilitarian objects specifically chosen for enlargement to monumental scale. Studying and dissecting these objects through drawing is key to understanding their form, function and history. Drawing on tracing paper facilitates seeing compositional possibilities through overlaying one drawing upon another and by eliminating the need to redraw forms that have been determined. I am interested in creating a sculpture that invites a shifting of perspectives that presents a multiplicity of viewpoints ranging from the organic to inorganic. Drawing refines the sculptural idea and the specific range of associations and representations within the work.



born: 1964, Decatur, Illinois


Florida State University, MFA
Eastern Illinois University, BA

selected awards/honors

Commissioned Sculpture for the City of Cedar Falls, 2005

selected group shows

Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, Krasl Art Center, ST. Joseph, MI, 2006
9th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
, Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL, 2005
The 18th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts,
      Applachian State University, Boone, NC, 2004
38th Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, DelMar College, Corpus Christi, TX, 2004


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