Chris Williams

I want the figures I create to look like they've just been caught in a moment of stillness. When you turn your head, they lumber off to the woods or fly away. Working in metal, there is always a dynamic tension between the stiffness of the material and my own force. I have a sense of where it should go, and I use my strength and tools to shape it, and the metal fights back. It is that tension captured in the bent and twisted metal that gives each piece a pulse. These sculptures steal time. In our fast-paced world, people walk around with eyes glazed over. Coming upon these pieces at airports or stadiums or even on suburban lawns, they are pulled out of their hurried lives; they are literally stopped in their tracks by their encounter with a moose, a rhino or a playful greyhound.  What started out as a fascination with welding has become a journey of creativity for me. As I explore new directions working in this medium, I hope my work will continue to create moments of heightened appreciation for life's wonders and surprises for others as well.   

My creative side has always been influencing my life. I always had a project going. Whether it be sand castles as a kid or models as a young man. Loving the process drove me.  When it was time to take my place in the world as an adult, the distractions of earning a living and paying for my life, shifted my focus away from my passion. It wasn’t until my early twenties over a late night dinner that a friend said to me, “You must always make time for your art”.  “It doesn’t matter what you do, just do it”. Those words really changed me. I could not ignore my passion any longer without knowing I was missing out on something important.  I woke up the next day and went to work. I’m the third generation metal worker continuing in my family’s foot steps in a machine shop in Rockport, Massachusetts.  But at the end of the day, I stayed a little later and began to weld things together.  It was just art time, just because.  My life today as I approach twenty five years of creating my art, sparked from that late night conversation with friends.  Many people ask me how all this started and for me the answer is simple.