“At the end of your life no matter what you do, you return back to these basic things that are holding you together on the inside. It reminds people that they are not any better than anyone else because on the inside they are exactly the same”.
Angel is the sculptor behind Redivider Art, he is currently living in Germany and is known for making otherworldly yet functional art. His love for art began at an early age when he became fascinated with movie props in his favorite fantasy films. He decided then that he wanted to make pieces like that reflected his interests.
His art is reminiscent of fantasy worlds and alien life which makes his work unique and recognizable to his personal style. “I am inspired by a lot of science fiction and fantasy work. I love weird creatures and being able to create stuff that might have existed in our world at some point”. When we asked him about the functionality behind his art he states “It was always cool to me to have people using something in their daily lives that I created”.
One of the more special pieces that Angel created is an Urn that he made for his great grandmother who is still living. We asked him about the challenges he encountered with making the urn. “Making something like these flowers is a lot different for me because I have shied away from making delicate things.” There is no denying how knowledgeable Angel is when it comes to his craft. We learned a lot about the skill that it takes to design such beautiful work and the challenge that creating the flowers below can become. Angels spoke about the use of different types of clays such as oil-based clay in addition to ceramic-based clays. He also uses methods of slip casting, plaster molds, and resin casting to create his beautiful pieces.
The Urn shown above is incomplete in this photo but it is still beautiful in its current phase of production. Flowers are not usually found in Angels designs which makes this piece even more uncommon. His creative process is unique in that he does not sketch out his work very often before beginning a project. “A lot of the time I don’t ever sketch anything, I got in trouble a lot of the time in school for that.” He will create a test piece on a smaller scale to bring the form to life before creating the final piece for the kiln. If you would like to view some of his work in person you can visit Companion Gallery in Humboldt, Tn or at the Savannah Clay Community in Savannah, Ga. This piece is still currently available for purchase through the Companion Gallery website.
Skulls are a prevalent design throughout Angel’s work. We asked him what drew him to this particular type of art and his response is “I think it might have started as a kid with dinosaurs and seeing their skulls in museums. I always gravitated towards it, it’s not a macabre thing where I think death is cool, everything has bones and things that hold them together. At the end of your life no matter what you do, you return back to these basic things that are holding you together on the inside. It reminds people that they are not any better than anyone else because on the inside they are exactly the same”.
We asked Angel about what he has planned for the future and teaching is on his radar. “I have been thinking for a while of going to grad school to get my masters degree so that I can teach at a University but as time goes on I am also gravitating towards teaching privately”. Angel wants to teach people how to create art without the cost of going to a university to learn about sculpting. His long term goal is to be able to open a studio space for emerging artists to create work at a decent price. “The hardest thing to do as a young artist with no money is to make work because you don’t have access to the facility to do so at times”.