Visit 223 Water Street on Old Hallowell Day from 8am to 4pm for Hallowell’s first public stone carving demonstration in years.
About the artist, Jon Doody
I work as a carver and sculptor, using reclaimed and salvaged materials, primarily wood and stone. Whenever possible, I use materials sourced locally. This includes native Maine woods like pine, birch, and maple, and Maine stone including limestone, slate, and granite. I work in non local materials as well, as long as they are uniquely recovered or reclaimed. I strongly believe in the concept of being a responsible steward of resources and in finding the best possible use of materials that would otherwise be discarded.
I work with hand tools as much as I can, as I find the excessive use of power tools in my art too aggressive both for the finer physical details and for my personality. Simpler and slower tools provides a finer level of control and a greater focus for what I am trying to accomplish in spirit and intent. Like my choice of materials, I would rather work with refurbished antique, self made, or locally made tools. I prefer to work outdoors, believing that natural light in the open shapes my work most effectively.
I triy to follow in the local tradition of New England artisans and craftsmen. I use themes and concepts of my Acadian and Irish ancestry, as well as from traditional New England maritime, graveyard art, and folk art. I also get inspiration from the woods and fields of Maine. I describe what I make as building physical stories more than making art. For example, I have made sculptures of classical beasts from wood reclaimed from the farm of a friend, with tools that belonged to my grandfather, finished in paints my mother has used.
I approach my works as a way of being able to show respect and awareness to the deeper connections in my world. Like my materials, my works are all one of a kind. Each piece is an individual, and provides a tangible example to the relationships with materials, culture, and history.