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MJ Rotchford

Sculpture, mixed media

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art by somerville artist MJ  Rotchford titled  Undersea
Undersea Laser cut plywood, plywood, paper, plastic, mixed finishes H 22" x W 40"
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Artist's Statement

The found object art is driven by the abundance of and access to like-new, interesting materials discarded by building trades and individuals in the area. Rusty metal parts from truck routes are also a favorite. I usually spend a lot of time with the materials, experimenting with different ways of re-using them. I make wood carvings mainly from old logs and branches. 

Collecting and sorting laser scrap was an obsession while a member of the Artisan's Asylum from 2015 - 2021. The beauty in the shapes of each artist's designs and how the parts are laid out in software provides fantastic opportunities for composition. In 2021 I began making compositions on plywood.

I am a re-emerging artist. I graduated with a BFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 1980. Since then there have been two brief periods when I could sustain the precious balance of work/life/art for long enough to bring my work into the public domain. 

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