Artist statement 

Whether it be the spine tingling chill of a wounded heart…  
Or the weightlessness of morning’s grace…
 It is life… 
And the experience I find within it, who poses as my muse…
 It is not so much a question of where I find inspiration, but more of a question of how I choose to apply it... I see myself more as the vessel, rather than the ultimate creator... If this creative energy did not come out as sculpture... It would come out as song, poetry, or maybe it would come out in something no more extraordinary then painting faces at a carnival…  Who knows!
But what I do know is, being an artist has become as much about physically creating works of art
as it has been about living life in a conscious way...
Whether it exploring a new love, or simply buying groceries... 
No matter what I am doing… I am one hundred percent in that moment… Breathing in every once of it...
Poised to bring it back to the world within my work…
I am in a constant state of inhalation and exhalation...

In my sculpture I have often used the human figure as the instrument to convey my message... 
I do this simply because I feel the language of the body is humanities most honest, direct, and universally understood mode of communication...

The body's language, of movement and posture is something that runs deeper
than any of the world’s cultural, religious, or social differences.
It is the single consistent vein of communication all the Earth's children share…
 
When I see a finished work of art. I see it almost as you would a battered relic washed a shore after a storm…
Beautiful in its own respect, but I at least would find my self dreaming of the treacherous journey it took to land at my feet... questioning what lands it had seen before mine, and just how its sharp edges were worn smooth...
 
Just the same, it is in the actual pushing and pulling of my medium in witch I find true pleasure...
 In attempt share this,
 So called "Imperfections" whether it be tears made by
shoving clay into an aggressively kicked hip... or blade marks left after
carving a delicate jawline.
These will all be proudly preserved...
 
 
I believe great art is nothing more then the successful communication of the heart and soul...
 
It is the essence 
of
the
artist
within the work 
which
 separates
art 
from
our
societies 
wasteland
of
commercial
products
 
my life's work:
to see with the eyes of the heart
 
-Gabriel

Stephen in his Studio, 2001, Berkeley, Photograph: Danae Mattes