My work expresses the desire for something human. I make three-dimensional drawings that seek to communicate the strength within something fragile or emotionally vulnerable. Through the process of bending and contouring metal pipe: a material that is both rigid and cool to the touch, I handle space and limitations; feeling out the boundaries of what is structurally and metaphorically unrelenting. These forms borrow the material language of minimalism, yet also yearn to become something fleshed out, filled and belonged (to). By interjecting and emphasizing sections of the form, I generate other complexities, delineating space to explore my own desire for love and acceptance. As these works strive to embrace their own fluidity, they flirt and perform ideas about the self and identity. By investigating the potentialities of a line, I create an empathetic map that blurs categorical distinctions.
J. Michael Ford is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in sculpture.