Finding your medium as an artist can be a long process, but for sculptor John Bisbee the choice came naturally. One day, some thirty years back, while John was scavenging for art parts, he kicked over an old box of nails and marveled at their held shape. Rust had fused them together.
You’ve got to admire a man who can find art in a bucket of nails, and even more so for giving it his all and perfecting his craft over a lifetime. Currently an artist in residence at Bowdoin College in Maine, you can see Bisbee’s amazing sculptures all across the country. Most of his art is made painstakingly with hours of welding and conceptual fortitude, visually appearing like geometry made of metal. A hard feat to accomplish… For him I suppose it’s easy, donning a welding mask and humming his mantra – “Only nails, always different.”