To model in clay, as I have done this past month at C.R.E.T.A. Rome, is a pleasure. I have been making direct metal sculpture for a long time. Not since my twenties, have I made a body of work cast from clay.
The imagery in these paper mache pieces comes from the objects I have seen around Rome and Italy the past weeks. I am intrigued by the grotesque and its use in the fine arts, decorative arts, and in contemporary popular culture. I am also interested in Carnival traditions — parade floats, masks, and the theatrical use of sculpture.
David Friedheim’s mother was a painter and his father was a classical musician. He received degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton and the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. He has built artwork on commission for clients such as Bill Graham Presents and Sculpture for New Orleans. Currently, he lives in Baltimore where he co-directs the collaborative art group Gendel’s Mother with his fellow artist Trisha Kyner.