John McLeod Statement

Throughout most of human existence we have used stone, wood and metal as media for communicating ideas—for representing needs, desires and spiritual yearnings that bind communities together and sometimes tear them apart. It is in our nature to feel a connection to these simple materials and, through them, to the earth itself. With this in mind, I shape wood, stone and metal to continue an ancient dialogue describing and exploring what it means to be human.

Much art—past and present—communicates through the prism of localized mythology by depicting symbols and imagery specific to those myths and to the cultures that created them. These symbols and images are archetypes representing the myriad aspects of what it is to exist as a human being in a certain place at a certain time. While I have a great fascination and love for their diversity, the elements of these stories are usually based on the common desire to understand our place and path in the world.

I believe it is possible to create forms with different shape relations, textures and materials that can access the universally understood elements of mythology—our shared set of needs, questions and hopes—our desires for love, community and some form of spiritual connection and growth. As with a musical phrase in which there is no vocal element, I seek to speak not in a context of the regional, but the universal. So, my work is a reaction to experiencing my own humanness and an attempt to explore new archetypes that can be felt on some level by all.