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To be really free
it is necessary that no one know what you are thinking

I rarely photograph my most recent work, but click this for some nearly recent work

SteelagtiteSculpturebyJoelSelmeier

Below is of the top section of a peace pole (see my site www.peace-pole.com). I sell more of those than anything else.

Top section of peace pole on a reflective surface backlit by sunset

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Some things I post in Instagram where my handle is @peacepoles.

Tuulz

Tuulz

Approximately 1 in 10,000 people will get the one above. It is my favorite of all the ones I've made so far. It is steel, 4 ft tall, and the color that metal is after milling, cutting, etc. Normally it sits by my front door.

What is Art?

Pedistal under construction

Getting creative with selfies can make them unrecognizable, but at least that makes it so that you don't have to update them.

Silhouette reaching out from behind screen

I used to have many more pages here, but slowly I have whittled it down to work in 3D. Taking photos of the pieces, or even just describing or talking about them, is trying to say in words or 2D what I've already said in 3D. It's much less interesting repeating what I've already said, especially with one less dimension, when I could be working on saying something else in 3. It is like having my mind rolling forward in the development of a new script while my fingers are having to copy over the last one.

So many things get in the way of making the next piece. What can I give up to make way for it? Taking a photo of the last one is one more thing in the way.

Question Mark

You cannot measure the location of an atom without causing it to move from that location. You cannot reveal what you are thinking without causing movement to that.

I cannot verbally articulate what resulted in a three dimensional expression without limiting future thoughts about it, at least somewhat, to what can be expressed verbally.

But this day and age needs that verbal expression posted here.

So to articulate verbally one kind of thinking that, for me, results in work, here is an example from cooking. I was telling my brother that I had discovered that if you slice an off-season, but fresh, tomato into 1/3 inch thick slices and sear one side of them briefly, perhaps with a pinch of salt and sugar on that side, being careful not to warm it all the way through, it will have a more full and robust flavor.

He asked how I thought of that. I told him that I had been listening to Splendid Table on Public Radio when they said that people are too afraid of cooking cucumbers. They explained how to sear one side briefly. I tried it and didn't like it. But there I was with a little butter and Canola oil in a hot skillet, and an off-season tomato sitting on the cutting board. Off season tomatoes always are a little disappointing. I usually wish they had more to say to my tongue. I wondered if heat would help. It did, searing just one side slightly and leaving the other cool and fresh.

It is the same in my shop when making sculpture. While working on a piece, or looking at one just finished, I'm never satisfied. I always want it to say more, have more depth, and feel more like what I was feeling when I first thought of it. I look at the surrounding tools and materials wondering if anything present might help. Usually, in the same way that I put the cucumber aside, I move the other work out of the way, taking what I learned from it and moving on.