Atticus Adams’s metal fiber sculptures reminds one of summertime, sunshine, the comfort of home and the lightness of youth.
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Atticus primarily works with aluminum, bronze, copper, and stainless steel mesh, which he shapes into abstract shapes that mirror clouds, flowers, and sea creatures. He’s inspired by memories of childhood. He first started working with mesh in 1992 while taking a summer arcitecture class at Harvard. For one assignment he used some aluminum screen that transported him back to summer vacations at his grandmother’s house, entering her kitchen through the side screen door.
His process is based on intuitive play and experimentation as seen in his studio which is part laboratory, playground, sanctuary, and “a type of journal…it’s definitely a place where I make my memories something tangible,” he says in the introduction to his work in a YouTube video. He's inspired by any type of detalils like a splash of white paint on a door, or a small and insignificant object can shape his art in a completely different direction.
Adams first started working with metallic tones and he admits that it took him a while to incorporate color into his work. An early memory is attending a carnival with his parents where his father won a stuffed pink poodle that he refused to give to Adams until it was exchanged for a blue one, a color specifically for boys. Concerning his sculpture “There’s a Pink Poodle In My Arcadia” Adam’s writes, “I was so disappointed and unaware that that was only the beginning of mutual unfulfilled expectations and a gradual fear on my part with the color pink – a color to be kept at a distance while in the closet. So much energy was expended to fit in and be “normal”. During a summer program at Harvard – I was bemoaning how I couldn’t seem to find a place to fit in and was having a fine pity party – when a new friend said, ‘You have to create your own world and then invite others to join you! Stop whining!’Well, I took that advice to heart. I’ve created my own world – my arcadia. I came out of the closet and made peace with the color pink.”