Into the Mystic
"Into the Mystic" is a phrase that expresses the understanding that life is finite and, therefore, must be lived to its fullest. The circular elements in the sculpture express the same sentiment: that life is ever-changing and evolving, and each moment should be savored. Build-up pads created by welding students at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School add texture and impact to the artwork.
About Tim James and Aidan Demarais
Aidan T. Demarais –
Recently, the creative aspect of Aidan Demarias’ teaching profession has compelled him to experiment artistically with different mediums. For as long as he can remember, Demarias has made furniture, welded projects, constructed buildings, poured concrete, and repaired mechanical equipment. This hasn’t changed, but now Demarias lets the materials he’s working with guide him to the final product. For example, when he makes a piece of furniture, he will let the natural beauty of the wood (the knots, the bark, and the grain) determine the outcome. I use these same techniques with welding projects, designing layouts, and engineering blueprints.
Being an Industrial Arts instructor is a profession that Demarais chose for many reasons. It gives him the freedom to be creative, the chance to help others, and the opportunity to be a leader.
Tim James –
Art has profoundly affected the life of Tim James for as long as he can remember. He started creating artwork realistically, until a two-year journey to Athens, Greece influenced a transformation to abstraction.
James was born in Mankato, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Science in art education and his master’s degree in education from Minnesota State University. His artwork can be found in a variety of media around Southern Minnesota including six pieces in the permanent collection at South Central College. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the years, and he has been the recipient of regional awards.
Much of James’ inspiration comes from being an art teacher at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton.