Bone sculptures, art that ‘grows in the wild’ lands in the Key City

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Some consider art an imagination coming to life.

One artist’s masterpiece does more than that. It “grows in the wild”.

A Coleman couple create bone sculptures, stemming from pareidolia[para-doh-lia] art. Their shows have made it to Texas’ largest cities, but for the first time, it is on display right here in abilene!

“It’s essentially, seeing patterns where there aren’t really any. If you’ve ever seen the man in the moon or if you’ve ever looked up a cloud and said, ‘Hey that cloud looks like an elephant.’ That’s paradolia,” artist Joshua Meadows explained.

He is part of a collaborating Coleman couple with his wife, Farrah,primarily using bones that come from animals.

Joshua said, “The fact that they’re made out of bones just sort of happened organically. It was my little niche that I found walking in a field one day. I looked down at a pelvic bone and it looked like a pair of eyes stairing up at me from the ground. I basically picked up the pelvic bone and I looked at it and I said, ‘If that’s your eyes then where is your mouth?'”

Children seem to be the most fascinated by their sculptures!

“I also liked the pirate. I also liked the king in there, with the nest. But the pirate also had a stone in its ear,” six-year-old Vivian said.

She explained that her favorite sculpture was Drexel, who was donning the green feathers and resembled a dinosaur.

“The dinosaur is doing the chicken dance,” Vivian joked.

Meadows was inspired by an artist he met in Austin.

“He made them with wire junk, disgarded speaker parts. Things that you would find in a junkyard essentially, but when he was done, they would have fingers, they would have eyes, they would look like they were looking at you. They would look like the thing that he intended them to look like,” Meadows said. “I though that was the coolest thing.”

Meadows explained it like solving the pieces to a puzzle. 

Each bone sculpture is sealed with coats of polyurethane and are built to last.

“Some of the names are intentional, some of the names are purley accidential, and some of the names are jokes, essentially. For example, we have a sculpture named Nuin. Well, Nuin is the ‘new one’., with a little bit of a southern twang. He’s the Nuin,” Meadows said. 

Meadows’ art, Haven Meadows, is on display at the Center for Contemporary Arts, in downtown Abilene: 220 Cypress St, Abilene, TX 79601

Haven Meadows will stay on display from now until June 6.

The opening reception will be next Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Admission is free.

For more information on future exhibits by Meadows, click here.

Haven Meadows is one of three new exhibits at the Center, this month. For more, click here.

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