September 5, 2014
I come from a family of artists. My mother has pieced and quilts for as long as I can remember. My grandmother painted and my sister is a talented crafter. I’ve done cross stitch and carving wood before settling on writing. Unusual things people make have called to me since I was a kid, and it makes my day still to find something unique.
The other day a friend sent me the link to a Scottish artist. Holy cats, I spent way too much time looking at the artwork of Thomas Wightman. The first piece I saw was Derailing My Train Of Thought.
This just blew me away.
His series of sculptures convey personal emotion through symbolic form. He’s researched the thoughts and feelings of those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) because he says, “I want to create a voice for the sufferers [of OCD] and the emotions felt by them.”
Drowning from Obsession shows a paper boat, sinking in a spiral of obsession.
Plagued by Doubt features a swarm of typography insects, eating away at the book just as OCD can eat away at a person who does not seek treatment.
Here’s a link to his website in case you’d like to see more of his work. http://www.thomaswightman.co.uk/126932/1384764/work/book-sculpture-derailing-my-train-of-thought
What is the most interesting art you’ve seen lately?