Created in 2015-16
Created in 2018
Material: White Oak
Created in 2018
Material: Black Walnut
Hardwoods III and IV were installed in the Walk of Art in 2018, joining Hardwoods II which was installed in 2016.
Sam Soet is a subtractive wood sculptor who currently works in central Michigan. Throughout his life he has studied all aspects of fine art and worked in many construction fields. Sam studied fine art at Ball State University and spent a summer learning the art of wood sculpture from master sculptor Leslie Scruggs. Sam’s work has been shown in California, Indiana, and Michigan. He enjoys working with wood because the medium itself is alive and it has a beautiful natural aesthetic. He works primarily in abstract forms because it opens up the possibility for personal interpretation and it allows him to work in collaboration with the medium.
“I love working with wood because the medium itself is alive and has a beautiful natural aesthetic. Working in abstract forms opensup the possibility for personal interpretation and allows me to work more in collaboration with the medium.
“My work is subtractive – I take a full sized log and utilize chainsaws, grinders mallet and gouges, rasps, and sandpaper to create the form. I finish the sculpture with oil.
“The beauty of the natural world and the cycle of life and death that is exemplified so well in the forest inspires me to sculpt. The forms, shapes, and textures in my work reflect all of the elements in the ecosystem, from the rocks and dirt, the flowers and foliage, to the bugs boring holes in the wood.”
"I have also been told that people find it interesting that I am related to Vincent Van Gogh on my father's side and my mother was a student at Kendall College of Art. So it could be said that art is in my blood."
Soet's sculptures have been on display in the Walk of Art since it opened in 2013.
Please visit Sam’s website at www.samsoetart.com.
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