Medium: concrete and steel
Dimensions: 7' x 2'6" x 3'
Winlaw artist, David Ducharme, attended the Kootenay School of the Arts between 1992 and 1995. As a student he focused on stone, ceramics, metal and jewelry.
Gradually, he moved more towards sculpting with ephemeral objects like sand, snow and ice. He has won numerous awards, beginning in 2003 at the World Championships in Harrison Hot Springs and continuing to win ever since at various international events.
“For me, the awards are affirmation of my ability to sculpt using finite materials with the best in the world. The initial recognition was pivotal in my artistic development, and opened many doors.”
He has participated in events throughout North America and Europe, as well as in China, Vietnam, Australia and Russia. When he’s not traveling, he applies himself creatively in a variety of mediums.
Lately, Ducharme has shifted gears again and is working with concrete. His entry this year is fashioned in concrete with steel rods emerging from the body, adding intrigue to his fantastical creation.
A man beast, Ducharme’s sculpture is imaginative and inventive. It portrays a muscled, loin-clothed human figure with burnished rods rising vertically from his head, back, shoulders and arms. His creation crouches contemplatively, hands and fingers poised as if caught between worlds as the title suggests.
“This being, in my mind, crosses over worlds for a second, filled with wonder, uncertainty, and openness,” says Ducharme. “The rods are an extension of his body that hasn’t and will not all come to be.
“I worked diligently to get the facial expression, the arms, the fingers and hands just so. My goal was to express the particular state of being at that exact moment – and to create an interesting composition overall.” He has certainly achieved this.
Quantum Entanglement is a spectacular, beautifully sculpted work that showcases Ducharme’s imagination and undeniable talent.