Coming from a background in mechanical design and manufacturing I quickly got used to the idea finding the most efficient methods possible to build products, but there was no creative freedom concerning the finished products. Art, however, allows me the unique opportunity to create my own designs with the ability to give my sculptures meaning beyond pure functionality. It’s a chance to find ways to incorporate my own philosophical questions about my interactions with the world around me into a visual language. To ask myself what features within a sculpture can convey what I am feeling, and will viewers interpret those features in the same way I do. With each sculpture I am learning about the elements of my visual language and also how those elements make people feel when they look at my work.
The challenges of manipulating raw materials into smooth flowing forms to convey a sense of movement and softness has proven to be quite a fascinating exploration. Trying to simultaneously combine emotions with forms while working with minimal constraints is something I thoroughly enjoy about sculpture. The challenge of transforming a near limitless variety of materials into a visual language will prove to be a lifelong pursuit.
Tyler Hornby is pursuing his BFA in Sculpture at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Currently he is using steel and wood to explore the dichotomy of properties inherent to each material, creating sculptures with contrasting textures, movement, and tension. He has earned a A.A.S. Degree from Southeast Community College – Lincoln, in Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology. Tyler has been nominated for The International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. His work has been featured in the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, and he has been nominated for the Francis William Vreeland Scholarship Award.