Trans­form­ing the Un­ex­pected

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writ­ten by Brett An­ning­son

Shane Wil­son works with what is al­ready present in the un­usual ma­te­ri­als he finds. He sculpts and carves antlers, tusks and horns in a way which ac­cen­tu­ates their nat­u­ral beauty – set­ting them free in cre­ative ways. "I am in­spired by the in­her­ent beauty within," Shane ex­plains. "Each piece is unique and forms its own nat­u­ral back­ground for my ab­stract de­sign. They help to give form to my thoughts and feel­ings about con­scious­ness, ex­is­tence and mean­ing." He comes by his gifts nat­u­rally. His mother painted and made high-end cus­tom dolls, while his grand­mother taught him how to knit and make crafts from an early age. "Their fo­cus on en­sur­ing that we un­der­stood the im­por­tance of do­ing the job well and making sure we gave ev­ery project our best ef­fort was a les­son that has guided my ap­proach to all my work," says Shane. Va­ca­tions al­ways in­cluded trips to mu­se­ums and art gal­leries. He re­calls be­ing cap­ti­vated by mag­nif­i­cent orig­i­nal art in what­ever medium. "As a young lad of eight, I re­mem­ber see­ing Salvador Dali’s paint­ing San­ti­ago El Grande in the Beaver­brook Gallery, and be­ing mes­mer­ized by the scale, crafts­man­ship and tran­scen­dent qual­ity of the piece, even though I may not have un­der­stood the mean­ing Dali was try­ing to con­vey. At the Hal­i­fax Mar­itime Mu­seum, I was en­thralled by a group of men be­hind a glass par­ti­tion who were build­ing scale model sail­ing ships from scratch. Af­ter that visit I con­vinced my Dad to get me a jack­knife and a block of wood, so I could be a carver as well. The wooden 4" x 4" post my Dad pro­vided proved a bit much

left, Bo­re­alis and Ore­i­thyia (de­tail - left antler), moose antlers , 52” x 30” x 18”

above, Short Eared Par­lia­ment, moose antlers and skull, 49” x 58” x 30”

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