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ARTIST STATEMENT

Without light we would not have art.

 

Growing up in a household with a Cherokee mom and German dad, Wade would often spend summers at his maternal grandfather's farm in Oklahoma looking for arrowheads in old buffalo wallows.  Back at home, Wade would spend time with his father in their garage. "There were so many cool objects in there that I would always pick up and play with. Some were shiny, some were greasy, some were sharp, some were soft," Wade reminisces.  He enjoyed discovering the different objects' relationships and played with their light and shadows. This investigation also led to Wade's love of neon, as well as the light manipulated to create shadows into each work of art.  This experimentation was the beginning of his art journey. Wade explains, "Each object has its own energy, so why create new objects when we already have a cornucopia of intriguing objects that can be combined to evoke thought and emotion?"  Wade believes that each found piece is awaiting a partner or partners to become something beautiful and whole.  He describes his art as objects coming together to become new, to repurpose and reposition.