Joe Caswell has a BFA from Hunter College.
His work received awards from the Wolf Kahn Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center and from Dorise Minor Mora. He was born in Jonesboro Georgia in 1964, and lived most of my early life there, until I graduated from high school in 1984. I have been working on installation and sculpture out of Brooklyn since 1995. I started out as a painter, then after returning to college later in life, I eventually became more interested in objects and space, and that became my focus. I still consider myself, to some extent, a painter, and I tend to want to paint my sculpture in the same manner I used to paint on canvas.
My work stems from the unconscious. It is a manifestation of my everyday experiences as well as my past, also from the knowledge I gain from the experiences of others. Memories and fading memories are an important component to my process of creating. I collect objects for their signifying value to the relationship of an experience, and they become the focal point to the make up if the thoughts and emotions gained at that time. The objects are related through the art piece as, simply a component to that piece.
The work itself is a series of conscious decisions to guide what started from the unconscious. My work seems to evolve like a dream and tends to provoke questions more often that answers.