The Artist Statement of Lenny Hoover
"No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and languages." Theodore Bikel
My art represents and exhibits struggle. The raku firing of ceramics is a difficult, fiery and soot filled process. Its properties that can give aged appearances and metallic luster to ceramics, can also destroy the more delicate aspects of sculpture and the investment of time in creating the piece. Glazing can be much more limited than in traditional ceramics both in palette and the temperatures raku glazes mature at. The subjects of my sculpture are often set in the struggles of: history (particularly the American West and Southwest), nature and age. They generally depict iconic objects, subjects or scenes. I am an Arizona native with close ties to the land and its use through contact with its history, ranching, agriculture, native peoples and outdoor activities. The art that has most influenced mine is that of the Hudson River School, "Vanishing Frontier" and Frank Frazetta. If the art I create engenders a feeling of: beauty, nostalgia, romance, mystery, a deeper respect for those who came before or just an adventurous excitement of a "treasure found". I have accomplished what I seek to express. Beauty comes in many forms and levels. As the Navajo say, "Hozo'go nasa'do" (In beauty I walk). I aspire to this.