WILD TURKEY... sculpted by Kasey Wells,
in collaboration with Dennis Bouton,
completed in May of 2017.
Weight = 1048 pounds
Size = 48 inches... across the tail feathers
48 inches... from the beard tip to the wing tips
58 inches... from the base to the top of tail feathers
Composition = 100% STEEL/scrap iron
Materials = Nearly 100% made of old farm parts...
(however, some parts could be debated
whether or not they qualify as farm parts...)
See the PARTS LIST page for a detailed list of the parts involved in the creation of this WILD TURKEY.
I earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art in 2004... and a Masters degree in Arts Technology in 2008 from Illinois State University... and was an adjunct instructor for the Arts Technology Department from the Fall of 2008 to the Spring of 2009. While at I.S.U. I was most interested in studying and creating installation art... with a special interest in creating installation art exhibitions (within a gallery setting) that attempted to lead the viewer toward a transcendent experience. Click here to see some examples of my work while at I.S.U.
AFTER ILLINOIS STATE
From 2010 through 2016 I spent most of my creative free time toward making data visualizations that attempted to simplify and visually explain the complex research I was doing on ORIGINS of POWER. This research focused on origins of power ATOMICALLY... and origins of power POLITICALLY and ECONOMICALLY. Also, during this time I became interested in using my creative skills to help establish a COMMUNITY GARDEN in Lexington, IL. If curious, click the the BOLD/white words above to see some examples of this "post-institutional" work.
FINDING MY WAY INTO METAL WORK
The one thing almost all of my artistic efforts had in common, from 2000 through 2016, is that it wasn't designed to make money. Consequently, after leaving I.S.U. in 2009, I stumbled into scrapping metals to make money. Then in the winter of 2015/2016 the scrap metal market bottomed out, hitting an all-time low, which got me thinking... "I have got to find a better way to make ends meet with all this metal."
For several years (2010 - 2015) my mother and aunt were consistently encouraging me to make YARD ART. They regularly attended the 3rd Sunday Market (in Bloomington, IL) and other art/craft shows throughout Illinois and they were bringing home YARD ART creations that were selling for a decent price and they were always telling me things like... "hey Kasey, look at this, isn't this neat, you could do this, you should do this to make money." I was reluctant to do so at first (for various reasons) but with the scrap metal market being so low in winter of 2015/2016 I finally decided it was time to take their suggestions seriously. Thus, in February of 2016 the ROOSTER (in the pic to the right) was born... one thing led to another... now I'm here "talking turkey." WILD TURKEY!
ARTIST STATEMENT... Growing Up In Illinois
Corn and beans as far as the eye can see... according the Department of Agriculture, "about 75 percent of the state's total land area" is dedicated to industrial agriculture. In my lifetime, nothing has made a more significant impact on the landscape that surrounds me, than industrial agriculture. This fact, is what motivates this work... using old farm parts... which have played a remarkable role in transforming our natural world... to create sculptures that reference the natural world.