Daniel Tabb

I was born in California, relocated throughout the Midwest and South, reared mostly in Alabama, and spent seven years in the US Navy after high school.  Seven years in the Navy took me around the world and back.  This was the most formative time of my life as an artist.  Traveling all over, meeting new people and cultures, touring the great cities of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, gave me a unique perspective and approach to my ideas of what art is and how to present ideas.  

I spent the last ten years working in leather, paper, and occasionally clay.  It was a finally-realized trip for my bride to New York City and the Big Five museums that focused my will.  I picked up a hammer and chisel, some riffers and a rotary tool, got myself some soapstone and alabaster, and taught myself how to sculpt.

It was my daughter who actually gave a name for the style I was unknowingly following:  Brutalism.  It made sense, it fit.  I have been a man in the wrong century for most of my life, so why not carry that style from the 20th into my sculpture.  

I create two main themes in my work:  

  • One is that I don’t sculpt people…I sculpt emotions.
  • The second is a Collection of Uncomfortable Vessels.

We are all just a collection of uncomfortable vessels that carry around our light, our dark, our essence, our mind, and our soul.  This collection is a representation of our bodies: those fallible, fleshy meat suits that we guide around hoping to not get injured; as well as the aspirational purity we wish they would be.  

They represent hope and fear and loss and joy and not a one of them is very comfortable to take a drink from, but worth it if you can.