Question and Answer with local sculptor

Sabrina Szos

Statesman’s Sabrina Szos sat down with Terrence Karpowicz to discuss his work.

This is a continuation of what was published in our fourth print issue.

Q: In the art world, technique and style are always changing; what was popular however many years ago is much different now. Do you find yourself keeping up with the changing styles, or do you go with whatever peaks your interest?

A:I keep my eyes open and my ears to the ground for new techniques that I might incorporate in my work. I’m not a creature of fashion nor do I follow the current fads. That’s not to say that if I see a new machine that makes doing what I do easier or a new opportunity that I wouldn’t explore it. Things come and go- what’s good today may not be good tomorrow. One of the things I pride myself on is using techniques in putting things together that were done hundreds and hundreds of years ago. I don’t know if I do them as well, but I try.

Q: If you could define your work in three words, which would you choose?

A: Integrity, craftsmanship and ingenuity.

Q: If you could go back in time and give your high school self some advice on becoming an artist, what would you say?

A: I would probably say something like work hard and follow your passion. Don’t be swayed by fashion.

Q: Have you always been an art person? Or was it something you explored more when you became older and entered college?

A: I’m honored to say I think I’ve been an artist since the day I was born. I can remember when the guys went out to play at five or six years old and would ask “What do you want to do?” Someone would say they wanted to be a doctor or a fireman and then they’d come to me and I’d say I wanted to be an artist. I didn’t know then what it took to be one, but I’m learning.

Q: Any final thoughts?

A: When I was first approached about putting work in the high school, I didn’t really know how to approach it. It wouldn’t have been my first choice, but after seeing the [student] work in the gallery, I’m absolutely honored I had this opportunity. This school is great, my work looks exceptional in the gallery; I think they were made for each other.