Student Spotlight: Jonathan Caleb Sauls

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Born August 18, 1989 in Orangeburg South Carolina, Jonathan Caleb Sauls is a Sculptor in the  BFA  program at Winthrop. He primarily does installation work and sculptures with a minimalistic approach. As a kid he would receive watercolor sets as birthday gifts.  He is currently working in a basement studio along with fellow artists John Williams and Jacob Olsen.

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  • Where does your inspiration come from?
  •  c8Science, Math, Music,Time, a bit of Zen Buddhist philisophy and the geometric shapes and patterns that are found to be truths in the universe.
  • Who are your artistic influences? 
  • Olafur Eliasson; an installation artist who employs light, water, and physics to construct his work,China Blue; A pioneer in the sound art movement.Theo Jansen; Best known for his mathematical based kinetic pieces.Robert Smithson; A minimalist earthwork artist.Francis Alys; who bases his work in a performance aspect to social relations, and the activation of space through a conceptual approach.
  • What is your current work based on?
  • It is based on the use of physics to create form through the use of energy and matter (sound, light, water). The exploration of making something that only exists for the current moment, not the past, not the future, but very strictly the present
  • What would you tell a viewer about the Television Project?The Television Project, actually called Untitled#1, is structured around the ability to disambiguate the present. I am attempting to create a new type of visual similar to that of the minimalists that can only be experienced in a specific moment (4 dimensions). The piece can never be duplicated and never exist in the same way twice, even in itself.
  • What is your dream job/ internship?
  • To work with an open minded metaphysicist/philosopher/artist , that is looking for a way to visually capture/enhance time and existence. (without monetary limitations)
  • What is your artistic statement?
  • In an exploration of existence, using installation as a vehicle, I am trying to make the viewer aware of the natural using man-made construction materials. Rooted in math, science, and spirituality I am attempting to create a new type of visual similar to that of the minimalists that can only be experienced in a specific moment (4 dimensions). The piece can never be duplicated and never exist in the same way twice, even in itself.
  • What would be a dream project? To work with an open minded metaphysicist/philosopher/artist that is looking for a way to visually capture/enhance time and existence. (without monetary limitations)
  • What do you think is the most powerful art form?It all depends on the piece… The art of “______” is too limiting. To have to choose an individual artistic form that I think is the most powerful would be like choosing which limb I would keep. They all have the potential to posses something that can bring you to tears. And any artist that holes himself up by concentrating in one media is not an artist, they are a specialist. I believe creation has no boundaries and that an artist should not either. I do not believe there is one art form more powerful than any other.
  • Favorite book?
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, which is inspirational fiction including philosophical essays. “Let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls…”c10
  • What kind of music gets you going?
  • Russian Circles, Nadja, Pellican, Souviners Young America, and pretty much anything from the 90‘s. The instrumental stuff really helps me reflect on whatever it is that I am creating. Each style of music has a different artistic presence. For example, when I am working on my black painted installations, I listen to Nadja because it really embodies the voice I want the piece to have so I try to change my mood to mimic the mood of the piece.
  • Is there any advice you would give to your younger self?Yes, keep a journal. Record everything. Let the universe navigate you and don’t let anything stand in your way… especially yourself.
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