ABOUT CAMEY MCGILVRAY
The process begins with a simple one-dimensional line drawing of an idea viewed straight on. Then I work directly with the wood and metal to three-dimensionalize the piece. I use a wide variety of the latest power tools but I also use carving tools and other hand tools, some of which belonged to my father and grandfather. As the piece begins to take form and is able to be viewed from all angles, construction challenges are constantly being presented and need to be solved. I keep working until the piece that was in my mind materializes before me.
Construction completed, the work is primed a solid white and must stand on its own merits and succeed as a sculpture without the distraction of color or material. Once this test is passed, the piece can take further flight by being made in metal or painted. The original idea I have of the piece never presents itself in color and choosing the colors for a piece is a pleasurable but painful process. Finally, one combination becomes obvious and wins out.