NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- New Fairfield sculptor David Boyajian said that even he is surprised by his work — it never turns out the way the way he first imagines it.
"You can have a preconceived thought or design but things change when you're working on them," Boyajian told Daily Voice in a recent interview at his studio. "That is a good thing.
"Preconceived thoughts are starting points. They're not completed through investigations. When you start working with the material and putting ideas and concepts together, than things can change. You go from a two-dimensional into a three-dimensional."
Boyajian's work is in the spotlight across northern Fairfield County, At Danbury's City Hall, he has a new sculpture — a life-size bronze and steel sculpture dubbed the "Hat Maker" — standing right outside the entrance.
He also has work currently on exhibit at Bethel Town Hall, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y., and at the 9/11 Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.
Boyajian is an artist, art instructor and owner of David Boyajian Sculpture Studio, a 3,000-square-foot space in New Fairfield.
He said he is most inspired by nature. "Nature is what I gravitate toward. There is an endless abundance and combination of imagery in nature," he said.
"There is always a dynamic story narrative. Nature is all about regeneration, growth and survival. It's always present and its consistent."
Boyajian studied at Alfred University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and earned his master's of fine arts from the Maryland Institute Rinehart School of Sculpture. He apprenticed for sculptors Wolfgang Behl, Elbert Weinberg and Andrew Coppola.
He also teaches drawing and design at Norwalk Community College and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
He believes natural observation is important. "All of what da Vinci created was based on natural observation. You need to have a fluid environment. There is a really strong balance between the industrial and the organic. I like to cross over between these two," Boyajian said.
When he's not sculpting, Boyajian enjoys drawing landscapes on the Housatonic River.
"The Housatonic River is only a 15- to 20-minute ride and you are out in the middle of nature," he said. "The Housatonic River is a big part of why I'm living here. It's very relaxing. I go there once a week. I'm constantly engaged in making art."
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