Austin Sheppard

My work is about loss, longing, accountability, and atonement. Rooted in a foundation of traditional sculpture, I examine fractured relationships on both the personal and societal levels.

By investigating that which has been broken or neglected, I explore ways to mend or strengthen past ties. My work frequently incorporates found or reclaimed materials as a way of reaffirming my relationship to place. It is this experiencing of place which has become so fundamental to my creation process. With an interest in Celtic mythology and religion I frequently incorporate shamanistic or nature-based meditative ritualism into the process. While my work is based firmly in the methodology of traditional sculpture it frequently diverges into performance-based practices as well, often serving as a bridge between the two mediums. Through this practice I seek a deeper connection to my surroundings and as such I am continually invested in finding my place in the greater scheme.