About Travis

Born in Pennsylvania in 1973, Travis has always enjoyed making things. He had a happy childhood with supportive parents and plenty of friends and family in the small town he grew up in. During his junior year of high school, he realized he wanted to go into the arts, so he attended Kutztown University as a graphic design student, eventually switching to art education. Travis is inspired by "phone conversation doodles, toys, tools, and the daily act of fixing and making stuff"


Artist Statement

The activity of drawing first enters the creation of my work in the form of small doodles. I consistently, and perhaps obsessively, sketch abstract shapes, dead little birdies, and designs for contraptions. I formulate these into ideas for objects, often on odd scraps of household paper. Sometimes these doodles evolve into finished works, and other times they merely serve to document an idea. Sketches pervasively accumulate in my office, at home, and in the studio, and inform, but don't necessarily dictate, my making. Many also find their way into the interior spaces and onto the surfaces of my objects.

Clamping pieces of wood together impermanently, I am able to look at the overall composition and then decide on changes. I might shorten boards or stack together a variety of linear parts to three-dimensionally draw out objects. This process of sculpting is similar to sketching, and like a worked-over, much erased sketch, the completed sculptures have linear elements that vary in intensity, gesture, and movement. I consider each piece of material to be a small component to the whole, like marks making up a drawing.

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