Artist Statement

Thematically, my work explores dynamic interactions between forms of life. I create fictitious alien creatures and futuristic robots as analogies for more familiar forms of life that behave equivalently. The works serve as open-ended narratives ranging from suggestions of conflict to situations entirely more ambiguous. As the human species expands its presence into outer space I find myself both fascinated and frightened by the thought of what might become of us. 

I choose to work predominantly in clay. My interest in the history of the Ceramic figurine closely parallels my interest in the forms found in the world of modern action figures. Blending these themes with the history of the figure and the aesthetic influence of toys has resulted in my body of work having a decidedly science fiction vibe. 

Science fiction provides a vision of the future that is rooted in the observable tendencies of the present. My work is a reaction to and a reflection upon the proceedings of life. While these observations are not always overt in the figures that metaphorically embody them, what is happening in our world right now has everything to do with the imagery that I choose to create.

Daniel Listwan

Daniel Listwan