by AAU Contributor Lydia Howl
A sculptor, painter and born Austinite, Jim Mossman creates art that makes a connection. From his self-portrait plaster casts, to his awakening mixed media on wood, to his pen-and-ink pieces that speak directly to the viewer, Mossman's art contains both an air of mystery and a sense of community.
Mossman, who studied 2D/3D animation at ACC , veered into classes that contained a more tactile element, such as life drawing and sculpture.
"Classes that had a physicality to them and not just digital information." Mossman said.
Introspectively, the tactile approach seems to have had a profound affect on the artist, who shows his connection to his works through a series of revealing self-portrait sculptures made of plaster cast as seen below.
Mossman's connection with the element of life is shown through his works on wood which weave the viewer, the concept, and the piece itself together as his medium flows flawlessly through the veins of the wood itself. Notice in the piece below that the sky and water follow the lines of the wood-showing corrupt human power and the err of society and technology.
It is obvious that the art of Jim Mossman is greatly influenced by human connection. Another of Mossman's projects involves a traveling canvas measuring 4 feet x 4 feet, moved from home to home, being filled up by its inhabitants-collecting the feel of each person involved in it's creation.
One of Mossman's latest projects is that of a humanitarian nature. He made intricate coloring books to sell with all proceeds going to a friend of his who is sick with cancer. He plans on selling the coloring books for $10 a piece once printed.
|A page from Mossman's Crazy Face coloring book with proceeds benefiting a friend with cancer.|
Mossman describes the relationship with his work as one that is not yet satisfactory, with constant efforts to improve his craft and the number of finished pieces. Continuing to create stellar works and to build on his skills in a multitude of directions, Mossman is definitely an artist who has a profound story to tell and a means to tell it.
Jim Mossman b. Austin Texas 1986
Featured in the Katy ISD administration building for basic 1 point perspective principles "Dusty Books" 2002.
Blue ribbon winner-Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Western piece "I've Got Your Back" 2004 .
Second place winner ACC Student Art Show - Sculpture "Putting Back the Pieces" 2008,
Featured student art show sculpture "Melting Complexities" 2009.