Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Artist Draws From Childhood Inspiration

BISBEE, Ariz. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One sculptor is colorfully carving his name into the art world.

Pete Goldlust makes intricately carved crayons, which he creates with X-Acto knives and drill bits in a painstaking, 20- hour process.

He says, “Part of the project is the perversity of working with something so fragile. It’s as close as I get to physical athletic accomplishment.”

Goldlust has carved more than 30 crayons, some of which have sold in art shows for $400, but his crayon carvings aren’t about cash.

Goldlust – who also works with polymer clay, another common kiddy craft tool – says, “People talk about art in these grand terms, but it should be fun and playful.”

And Goldlusts’s own three-year-old is his father’s biggest fan – sort of.

He says, “It’s a challenge to keep the crayons away from him, but at this point, he’s just as interested in regular crayons.”

Later this year, Goldlust’s crayon carvings will be featured in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (Ripley Publishing) book.

For more info, go to petegoldlust.com.

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