"I am at the mercy of my material..."

Josh Daily is a Portland, Oregon based metal and found material sculpture artist. He creates animals, human figures, and hybrid mythical creatures from recycled and repurposed materials in a brutalist/primitive style.

He uses a variety of materials from all kinds of metal, to construction waste, to everyday household items. Often it entails getting to the guts of things like old vacuum cleaners, typewriters, or any type of mechanical device. Taking things apart usually takes longer than building the sculpture itself. He likes to use old conduit, plastic material, or anything that will take decades to biodegrade - if at all.

"When looking for art supplies," Josh says, "in everyday life it is a constant secondary thought process. For example, as I'm walking down the street or sitting with a group of people, I'm constantly studying my surroundings. I see everyday objects and think that would make a great eye, knee, or if I cut that piece of metal I could make it look feathers. That whatchamacallit would make a great base for a coffee table. I am at the mercy of my material."

Thematically, the pieces are Future Visions of the Past: in a post-apocalyptic world, the human race and all other animals have been wiped out, so the robots left behind are trying to recreate what they remember of organic life.

If you are interested in purchasing artwork featured here, or in commissioning a custom project, please visit the Etsy Store, or email: joshdailyart@gmail.com

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