AP ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: HENRY NURENBERG
As a freshman in Intro to Sculpture, I mainly saw this class as an opportunity to hang out with friends while working with my hands. It wasn’t until my sophomore year, when many of my friends stopped participating in sculpture, that I realized I really enjoyed planning out a project and seeing it come to fruition.
As I grew to love creating forms and bringing them to life, I continued in sculpture through my junior and senior years. Not only do I love the projects that we accomplish, but also the social and laid-back environment that we get to work in as a break from the stress of high school.
Early on, I realized that I enjoyed working with wood more than most other materials. Plaster was too messy, wire was monotonous, and cardboard just wasn’t interesting enough. Wood is a strong, durable material that takes both precision and strength to form. As a non-flexible material, wood doesn’t seem like the type of substance that would be used to create curvy, abstract forms - so that’s exactly what I did. This task proved more difficult than I’d imagined, but I loved the challenge provided by my ambitious designs.
The support of my teacher and classmates has cultivated my love for sculpture and driven me to continue growing each day. Should I find another environment as inviting, helpful, and enjoyable as the one I’ve found in the ESD sculpture classroom, I will certainly continue my endeavors after high school and throughout college.
Henry has taken a deep dive into the multivalent problem space of organic forms. In doing so he stretches wood to its limits, daring it to perform at the very edges of its capability.
- Dane Larsen, AP Sculpture Teacher