Ian Boyden's Art - From West to East and Back Again

November 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Yesterday, quite by accident (if there really is such a thing), I stumbled upon a story about a young artist named Ian Boyden.  

It was an interview with him in a Chinese calligraphy journal in April of this year - a fascinating read about how a boy grows up on the Oregon coast, goes to college back east, goes even farther to the far east studying Chinese art, and ends up in Walla Walla, WA making art and curating the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College.
 
http://www.ianboyden.com/?p=shufa_interview
 
His work includes ink painting, book making, and sculpture - but not like any painting, book making, or sculpture you've probably seen - astoundingly creative.  Using hand made ink made from meteorites, chimney soot, volcanic minerals, etc. for example.
He's also created replicas of his head in various materials and then allowed nature to interact with them - several were molded of birdseed which he then filmed in open locations while various bird species feasted. Reminds me some of the art of Scotsman Andy Goldsworthy.
 
He's also an accomplished writer.  I was completely absorbed in a description he wrote for the head sculpture series called Immortal Feast. 
http://www.ianboyden.com/?p=sculpture&series=33
 
 

So if I've piqued your interest take a trip over to his website and have a look around.

http://www.ianboyden.com/

Ian Boyden's head mold for blog entry

 


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