Maul works within the confines of a cast bronze hemisphere, the largest of which measures 12.5 inches in diameter. The small spherical shape suggests a microcosm, and within its confines, Maul indeed invokes a world of sentiments and associations. Several of the pieces bear the term gothic in their title, referring not so much to the formal characteristics of Gothic style as to our modern associations of gothic with things old and mysterious.
The patina of the work turns bronze into iron, and the open vessel seems like an object of a long forgotten liturgical rite. We find, however, that our response to the objects varies greatly with the artists subtle manipulations of the form.
John Maul lives in Corvallis, Oregon and is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Southern Oregon State College. He has received many awards and honors for his work and has been part of publications including two issues of Sculpture Magazine and Arthur Williams Sculpture: Technique-Form-Content.
I incorporate the Greek cross into many of the works, not so much as a symbol of the orthodox church, but for religion in general. I feel that these icons are more symbolic of our own inhumanity and judgments toward human-kind, rather than the manifestation of Gods unconditional love for humankind. I selected the Greek cross over the Latin cross for both design considerations and its resemblance to the x, a symbol of negation. Many modern religious groups will condemn or hold judgments against those who dont subscribe to their philosophies. To me, this translates to simple bigotry and intolerance
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