Derek Weidman, born in 1982, lives in rural Pennsylvania a bit outside the city of Philadelphia. Initially studying philosophy in college, but a born artist, he choose to follow in the path of his father who was a bird carver.
When he began turning in 2003 he has approached the lathe as a sculptor, primarily exploring and pushing the boundaries of multi-axis turning. His main effort was trying to create a visually descriptive and versatile language born out of the arcing and circular cuts of a lathe, and has spent well over a decade now building up a vocabulary of shapes and cuts. At the heart of many of his works he treats the lathe almost as an unusual camera, with every subject passing through its lens adding to a visually novel circular zoo of animals.
Like a modern Pennsylvanian shaman, with deep connections to nature Weidman volunteers as a wildlife rehabber, gaining an enormous amount of inspiration from working so closely with local fauna. There is a tension in Weidman's work and process where the organic meets the industrial, wood to metal, nature to machines, that speaks appropriately of our place as humans on Earth. Trying to find a suitable way to coexist harmoniously with nature, while still progressing as a species.
Derek Weidman Session Details
Multi-Axis Animals - Of all the times I have done this demo, the remote option will give me the opportunity to use my lathe and my shop as well as some editing to show a much more complete window of how I create these multi axis animals with a wood lathe. this will be an exciting visual story of how this unusual work is created.
Derek Weidman Gallery