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Art & Life with Elijah Strongheart Evenson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elijah Strongheart Evenson.

Elijah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up in a new age musician’s family, I was always encouraged to do art. Since 1983 I have constantly been drawing. I spent 20 years thinking I would be an animator until I discovered figurative clay sculpting in 2004 and became obsessed with anatomy and form. I devoted seven years learning anatomy and sculpting from models. The communications that human and animal figures convey gave me insight into my own existence. Looking at the world through a lens of naturalism, I saw mystery that invoked ideas of a mystical nature. I decided to convey science with the respect that religion was given in the renaissance. As I peered into this mystery, I saw a great conversation that spanned thousands of years of art history. In 2012 I devoted my life to creating artworks that spoke to the conversation of existence.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Inspiration for my sculpture work comes from deep meditation and dreams. There is a sea of imagination, created from the memories of my life, mixing together like a giant soup and out of this crystalizes a glimmer of a new idea. Then the idea is clarified with pencil so I can better understand how to engineer the project.

My work is about the archetypes of nature and how new metaphors will help us understand modern science. I use clay, cement, bronze, and resins to fabricate work that appears timeless.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
With Instagram and a general growth of the art world over the years, I’ve seen an industry that didn’t exist ten years ago. It is very exciting that anyone can connect to the world these days. At the moment, COVID has slowed everything, but I’ve also seen more art than ever since more people have the time to create. I think right now is a powerful new era of art. Buying art from other artists and supporting each other creates a culture where everyone benefits. The more amazing artists out there, the more a movement is recognized.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is online at https://www.instagram.com/strongheart_sculpture

and https://www.strongheartsculpture.com/

I sell many of my sculptures as one of kind, but I also have an etsy shop for cast work
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGoldenSkulls

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Image Credit:
photos taken by Elijah Strongheart Evenson

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