Shawn Morin - Interview
When sculptor Shawn Morin approaches a new inspiration for carving, he often credits the heavens for helping his inner imagination take flight. For the piece he dedicated to the Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center Sculpture Walk, “Caught (Between Three Worlds),” he sincerely hopes viewers see the enlightened grace of God and the beauty of His creation within the elegant, polished marble and granite.
Morin spent his youth in Guilford, N.H. He traveled to the Southeast for his education, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tampa in Florida, and a master’s degree at the University of Georgia in Athens. Now, he carries out his artistry, which he’s shared for nearly three decades, in Ohio.
Found both inside and outside, Morin’s majestic sculptures, are shaped from an impressive variety of media, including granite, marble, limestone, steel, stainless steel, bronze, iron, glass and wood. It is not uncommon to find a mixture of these media incorporated into a single piece of art. Even the colors and textures within the media provide Morin with even more sculptural possibilities.
“For me, the overarching truth of my work is that compositional complexity can only be achieved by the constant use of multiple shapes and forms,” said Morin. “These shapes and forms by themselves are of no great value or consequence to anyone other than the minimalist, which I am not. However, when these simple, benign shapes are put together in similar fashion, in the way a child plays with blocks, one can immediately see that there are literally limitless compositional opportunities.”