LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER
Artist Gary Hovey uses his forks, knives, and spoons much differently than the rest of us. The Ohio-based artist builds intricate sculptures by cutting, welding, and shaping the stainless steel materials together into animal forms.
Upon first glance, the many wildlife figures, like birds, fish, and bears, have realistic shapes. It is only upon closer inspection that the details and texture of the materials become more clear. Each piece of cutlery contributes unique qualities, such as fork prongs making layers of feathers and fur.
The most exceptional part of Hovey’s story is that, in 1994, he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease. “Producing and showing my work is very therapeutic for me,” he explains.