Steven W. Maeck - Interview
Most sculptors start their project with a clean slate of bronze, granite or other material. However, Steven Maeck finds inspiration from a different source. This is because almost all of his work has involved the recycling or repurposing of industrial-obtained materials. Maeck inspires to give this recycled material new life, but pushes the fact that he is not trying to create “junkyard art” but manifest the feeling that the art had been created from base raw materials.
“Where the Buffalo Roam,” which is made of steel and stands 14 inches tall and 17 inches wide, is typical of Maeck’s work. “The aesthetic intent of my current work is not to create ‘junkyard art’ but to take the industrial artifacts and alter or recombine them in such a manner as to create forms that are not only modernist, resonant and original,” he says. “But manifest the aura of having been created from base raw material such as cast bronze.”
Born in Burlington, Vermont in 1949, Maeck did not start sculpting early in his lifetime. In 1977, Maeck began a 25-year career as a specialist in antique oriental rugs and modern art. Finally, in 2003 he left the entrepreneurial art world to begin work full time in his own studio in Floral City, Fl., where he currently lives with his wife. Since then, he has had multiple sculptures displayed in a wide variety of exhibits. Many of his sculptures have won awards; including placing third in the non-bronze category at the Downtown Sculpture Walk in 2011 for a work entitled “the Morning Star.” That very same year, a welded steel sculpture entitled “Heart of the Matter” was selected by a jury for the Avera McKennan SculptureWalk.