As a life long student of the sciences, my work as an artist is informed by them. The life sciences in particular influence my iconography. For me this is a never ending struggle to translate natural structure into aesthetic content. The difficulty is to transcribe this knowledge into sculpture without retreating into literality. I can only hope that my work inspires a deeper appreciation of the natural world through scientific investigation and sculptural expression.
Commentary on David Sywalski
David Sywalski has worked in the studios of two of North America’s notable sculptors, Don Meserve and Albert Paley. While he has greatly benefited from this experience he has also managed to maintain his intellectual and aesthetic integrity.
He brings to his stone carving a very fresh perspective; that of an analytic mind with the authenticity of a scientific investigation. His forms resonate with an originality of purpose and respect for the materiality of the stone he carves. He also recognizes the necessity of perfection in craftsmanship. His devotion to aesthetics and inordinately committed work ethic ensure that every object he fashions is a gem of beauty and integrity regardless of scale. Even his small works are rigorous and monumental in concept. He is, in short, one of the finest sculptors of my acquaintance.