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When no one knows what you are thinking
is the only time you are free

I rarely photograph my most recent work (I'm still thinking about it), 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, but more and more focus on new work.

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

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Some things, like the copper repousse below, I infrequently post in Instagram where my handle is @peacepoles.

Other than trophies, most everything else in repousse feels like fluff. Although I'm considering silhouettes of people.

Copper repousse image of trophy

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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 had many more pages here, but for the time I'd rather think in 3D. Taking photos of the pieces, even though also nonverbal communication, is trying to say something in 2D that I've already said in 3D. It's much less interesting repeating what you've already said, especially with one less dimension, when you could be working on saying something new with 3. It is like having your mind rolling forward on writing a new script while having to copy over the last one.

So many things in the way of making the next piece. What can I give up to make way for it? I have to go to the grocery. I have to repair the window sill. I have to repair the leaky faucet. I don't have to take a photo.

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 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 I move out of the way the cucumber I just seared.