Tom Farbanish

The process of making objects involves many different aspects of problem solving. One of the greatest challenges in producing artwork is not the formulation, but the realization of ideas.  Time, money, assistance, family obligations, etc. are some of the hurdles that must be addressed. Obtaining time and funding is the constant battle, seeing your work take life is the joy.

The work that I exhibit is almost always the result of personal struggles. When in the studio I am alone, by myself, with my thoughts. My intentions are to make real the overabundance of ideas that involve and effect me.  I really do want to make work that someone would say is beautiful, unconventionally beautiful perhaps, but beautiful. Picking and choosing historical vessels, extracting bits of contemporary painting, looking at sculptural forms and architectural details all have their influences. Each process has its own pace and timeframe, some quick and exact, others long and tedious. Why not have it all? It is very exciting that I can choose to become associated with a material with such a full, diverse and culturally rich history. Glassblowing is such a challenging process, fabricating metal is formally liberating, and painting exposes the soul. In combining these processes, I find it extremely demanding and personally revealing.
Getting through the day can be such a tedious chore that I wonder at times why I don't take an easier path with my work. But the richer discoveries seem to only come with dedicated and extensive research and involvement.

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