A transfer student from Savannah College of Art and Design, Arden Saunders got a BFA in Sculpture with an Anthropology minor within the Liberal Arts Degree.
My current work consists of manipulating plywood to create unique forms that carry a sense of movement, physicality, and mass. I investigate structures that are at once organic and assembled, structured, and intuitive.
In my work there is an emphasis on both process and finish. Labor plays an important role in how these pieces develop. I accentuate a surface on polished wood that engage with light. These reductive processes and finishes also pay tribute to the practices of minimalism.
I begin by modeling a small clay maquette, then I digitally render it via a 3D digital scanner and then prepare it for milling with CAD software. Next, I laminate, grind, and sand the piece to a smooth form and then seal the surface. These processes alter the original form and material. The final result has little trace of digital representation. Assembling and smoothing these objects by hand hides their technological architecture. The form changes from the original maquette to the final result.
My sculptures reference the body. In the planning stage, skin, bones, and unseen parts of the body can be referenced in my original models. Skeletal forms and structures inspire me and become the basis for my modeling. After assembling the pieces, the shape alters from the body references. I embrace the change of form that comes out of process and labor, a progression that allows me to just “go with it”.