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Dec 1, 2008

Krampus, wearing a 'human' mask

We recently took a course just about the local holidays between now and Ash Wednesday. It took two hours! One thing we learned about is an Austrian figure who accompanys Santa Clause to chase away bad spirits with a switch (which he often uses on people). He's called Krampus and looks like a hairy devil. 

A few days ago we went to a festival so we could se Kampus in action. I was truly astonished at how huge he is– about 7 feet tall, nearly 3 ft. wide, and has goat's feet. Here is a photo, but after he had lost his head, unfortuanately. We'll try to see him again before he goes into hibernation.
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.