‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ is an important message and one that is echoed in the work of reclaimed materials artist, Aaron S. Moran. Using what others might toss aside, he creates these multi-dimensional constructs. Distressing, revealing, and manipulating the materials, he arranges the unwanted into new, valuable forms.
There’s a wonderful juxtaposition here. Reclaimed wood and other organic materials usually give the assumption of more rounded shapes with softer, worn edges, whereas Aaron’s sculptures are geometric and edgy. The colours are also used for contrast, sometimes worn away, sometimes left as they have been found. Aaron tells us more about the finding and making process with some great photos of his workspace.
I make paintings and sculptures out of found wood that I find from construction / demolition sites, dumpsters, the side of the road … pretty much everywhere. Using an array of tools, I cut down my finds into a manageable size and work from there. The main power tools I could not work without are a table saw, band saw, and miter saw.
I work heavily with geometric forms, so I need those tools to accurately produce the shapes I require. Power aside, I rely on countless other hand tools to both clean up the pieces, and achieve weathering where desired.
© Aaron S. Moran, 2012