Northern Ontario sculptor Tyler Fauvelle introduces “Still Point”, a representational bronze depicting an aboriginal bow fisherman.
Inspired by an old photo of an elder Haida man demonstrating traditional bow fishing skills, Tyler’s vision was the dignity, essence and form of patience and concentration. “I also wanted to focus on the bow and arrow”, he says, “because that bent, strung wood predates recorded history, and has been present in virtually all cultures. It magnified the strength of the human arm, and the arrow covered distance swiftly. This was crucial in hunting and in war, essential to survival. In some cultures, such as in Japan, archery is a venerated martial art.”
Tyler sees patience as a state-of-mind skill which the modern urban world is forgetting. “In pre-industrial times, patience and concentration were part of survival. The impatient, impulsive and unskilled had no place in that world. Today, in developed nations, we value instant communication, instant food, instant gratification, instant warfare. Impatience seems to be a virtue. Our day-to-day city life is filled with distractions – it’s getting pretty hard to find a still point.”
He laughs when talking about patience, since it took him a year to sculpt the piece. “I start with an idea, a concept I want to express, but, as the sculpture progresses, it seems to develop a mind of its own.”
This work had special technical challenges, due to its over 3ft. height, and unusual position on the base. The underlying structure (copper wire and armature piping) needed strength, and the anatomical details, such as a broader chest and more pronounced musculature, had to look natural in that particular stance. Tyler also points out that he wanted the finished bronze to convey a weathered, textured look, to represent a life lived in the elements.
“Still Point” can be viewed now at Tyler Fauvelle’s in-studio gallery; information about any other public showing will be posted on the website.
Sculpture by Tyler Fauvelle
Photo: Sculpture by Tyler Fauvelle