Darryl Meyer, uses clay and steel to create art pieces that are built upon a foundation of philosophy. His work is a tangible form of communication that speaks to people across cultural boundaries and acts as a bridge between individuals from diverse backgrounds. The course of Darryl’s work is driven by the optimistic belief that art is a truly unifying experience that should be shared in order to unite humankind.
Currently exploring the union between clay and steel, Darryl is perfecting the balance between the organic malleability of the clay and the tensile strength of the steel. His series of vessels uses the dichotomous nature of these two elements to explore the essence of humanity itself. The vessel becomes a parallel to the human figure; beautiful in form and a container for ideas. The linguistic elements in this series, influenced by Kiefer and Basquiat, are only discovered upon internal examination. The visual tension created by the use of polar materials encourages the viewer to investigate the vessel and ultimately serves to promote introspection.
Darryl’s unifying message is influenced by his personal experiences with emotions that are indeed part of the universal human experience. Darryl’s formative years were spent on a large farm in Missouri where he realized the deep feeling of being an outsider, a stranger in his own town. A chance enrollment in a clay building workshop changed the course of Darryl’s life. During his first class he experienced a moment he now describes as having been an “epiphany.” His new passion was motivating to him on both a personal and a professional level. He taught himself the basics of hand building techniques and moved to Texas to pursue a formal education in ceramic arts.
Since his initial experience as an artist every lesson learned in life has been incorporated into Darryl’s work. Darryl’s focus on the convergence of seemingly conflicting elements to express the dichotomy of human nature and inspire personal reflection is a distinctive approach. His message of unity is a classical philosophy delivered in a postmodernist package.