Originally from Southern California, Tim Englert has made and exhibited sculpture in a variety of media for 40 years. He has an MA in Art from Humboldt State University (CA) , has taught Ceramics. and is a Master Carpenter and partner in the design-build firm Blue Lotus Project (link). In 2006 he worked as a lead carpenter on the Temple of Hope, a major art installation at the Burning Man Festival.His experience in mold-making, casting and faux-finishing informs this current body of work
In these sculptures, replicas of natural objects and decayed artifacts are arranged in patterns which our senses recognize as face-like, and as such transmit the emotional content we have learned to associate with the language of facial features.
The pieces are made of gypsum cement, cast in rubber molds which have been taken from various objects found along beaches, old dumps or alongside the road. The castings are painted with oil based enamel paints and then assembled , acquiring their attributed personalities according to the look and placement of the various components. They go through several stages and identities before finally being epoxied into the static personality they will exhibit for the rest of their inanimate lifetimes.