Peter DeCamp Haines



Peter DeCamp Haines holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an MBA from Harvard University and a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and can be found in the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Concord, Mass) and the Chen Yunxian Museum (Nanchang, China), among other collections. Haines lives and works in Cambridge, Mass.

I am a maker of objects, and the object itself is the main idea in my sculpture.

For 30 years, I have been working on a project that consists of a collection of minimal, tool-like bronzes now numbering in the hundreds. Metaphorically, I think of this work as "An Archaeology" of the subconscious. These bronzes are made for the hand as well as for the eye.

Simple shapes elaborate into complexity. Images (humans, animals, architecture, tools) inevitably appear. I think that this is the projection of the warm subconscious onto the cool geometry of elemental forms.

Since Marcel Duchamp in the 1930's, ideas about sculpture have proliferated in countless directions, from Andy Warhol to Nam June Paik. My own pursuit has been a continuing exploration of the formal attributes of sculpture: form, scale, negative space, composition.