“Sawdust provocateur” AJ Fosik crafts totem-like wooden sculptures influenced by taxidermy, rituals from varying cultures, and folk art. He’s also one of three artists crafting installation projects at SCOPE Miami Beach‘s atrium (Dec. 4-9), marking Hi-Fructose’s 14th year in publishing. Fosik was the cover artist for Hi-Fructose Vol. 18 and was last featured on HiFructose.com here. Below, he talks to us about what’s ahead:
Hi-Fructose: Your work carries influences from varying cultures and religious icons. Do you feel this creates a particularly visceral reaction for certain viewers?
AJ Fosik: I’m not looking for any reaction from any viewers. I’m just trying to carve out my own little version of a dialog with the monsters that haunt humanity.
HF: Can you tell me what initially pulled you into this path of crafting these elaborate creatures?
AJF: Initially? I have no idea, it’s been a long road to get here. Probably some combination of compulsion, a small protest against the void, a genetic strategy to punch through to the next generation, and an attempt to forge an awkward order from the chaos.
HF: What does using wood, in particular, offer you that another material may not?
AHF: I like tree bones. Also there’s not enough risk in painting, every piece I make I put my digits on the line. My lungs are half sawdust at this point.
HF: As far as what’s ahead, can you give any hints on what you’re planning for the project at SCOPE?
AHF: A series of wooden Tulpas including a blind Minotaur and several other manifestations of our struggles with perception.
See more of his recent work below.