by Douglas M. Gruizenga — Interlochen, Michigan
The artist intends to welcome various interpretations of all viewers, bringing their experiences and understanding to the sculpture. Through his work, he studies absolutes and variables of form, creating sculptures that are predominately based on utilitarian, man-made items, rather than objects of nature. Gruizenga enjoys visiting his sculptures after a fresh snow to see footprints of viewers who’ve taken time to observe his work. “Each person goes on about their life with an experience, good or bad, based on their understanding of the sculpture.” Gruizenga’s a Western Michigan University graduate with a Master of Arts in Sculpture. After working as a psychiatric social worker for 19 years, he returned to his roots in sculpture and began working with aluminum. The artist finds it a humbling honor to communicate with people every day through his pieces.