Traces by Joey Manson Steel, paint, concrete, 21 feet by 6 feet by 5 feet Commissioned by Cape Fear Museum
To create this sculpture, Manson was inspired by history, nature and the region's geography. He used traces of shapes found in a local live oak tree, a Simmons Sea-Skiff boat, maps of New Hanover County and industrial gears.
The negative space within the forms of Traces connect through the sculpture to its concrete base, alluding to a ghost forest. Tapered forms ascend, spiral and grow denoting time.
About the Artist
South Carolina artist Joey Manson is a senior lecturer at Clemson University. He earned a master of fine arts degree from Alfred University and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Clemson University. Manson works with industrial materials to depict his surroundings, abstracting technological and natural environments.