HEIDI WASTWEET
Pandora Defiant Head in the Clouds
Japanese American Internment Letting Go
Peacock Gone to Pieces

Artist Statement

Me

ARTIST STATEMENT

I lead a dual life of medallic sculptor, and studio artist focused on bas-relief sculpture. The two disciplines perpetually inform and inspire each other.

I love bas-relief for its perfect marriage of the tactile nature of sculpture with the illusional qualities of drawing. It can depict effects such as shadow, transparency, and atmosphere which are not usually attributed to sculpture.

Themes of duality and challenging old stories with new twists are portrayed in my work through symbolism and the human figure. My style of contemporary realism is inspired by classic Italian art and ancient Egyptian carvings, heavily influenced by modern Polish sculpture, specifically in the juxtaposition of positive and negative spaces.

The scale of my work ranges from hand held coins to standing monuments. The coins and medals are struck at a variety of private mints. The bronzes are cast at an art foundry and then I apply the patina to each one by my own hand.

2017 marks my 30th year as a professional artist.


BIOGRAPHY

Most people are surprised to learn I did not attend any art school or college. Still I don't like to call myself "self-taught". I built my autodidactic education with a tower of books, museums of the world and the kindness of other artists.

I had declared my decision to be an artist at the age of just 6 years old and began drawing constantly, but when I started sculpting at age 18 something really clicked. I spent the next 11 years working as chief engraver at the Sunshine Mint in Coeur'd Alene Idaho where I participated in all aspects of the minting process from design to production. I headed up the sculpting department at Las Vegas based Global Mint for the next 5 years before going freelance. Now I work out of my own studio for all kinds of clients around the world.

I stay active in the art community by my involvement in art organizations such as AMSA (American Medallic Sculpture Association) and NSS (National Sculpture Society). Over the years I've trained over a dozen artists as medallic sculptors in my studio. I am a strong believer that open sharing of information among artists makes us all stronger.

It is my great pleasure and priviledge to be serving my second four year term on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for the US Mint. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience to work as a conduit between the public and the US Mint. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with.


COMMISSIONS

I am currently accepting commissions as my schedule allows. I'm always happy to answer questions and give guidance where possible.


Photo by Tara Gimmer

Studio Sculptures

Wings Peacock
Gone to Pieces Head in the Clouds
Japanese American Internment Fruitful Ideas
Letting Go Dante
Snake Oil Antimartyr
Pandora Defiant Architect
Aurora Duality
Cloak of Night Overture
Grace Wild Horses
Scholar

Commissioned Sculptures

Medal of Honour Gloria
Church Doors Kezar
Fireman UW Portraits
Ravens
Rodin
Perry

Studio Medals

Muybridge Falcon and Hare
Abbreivated Liberty Revel
Odin Fox
Dante
Tenuous Grasp
Liberty/Anarchy

Commission Medals

Freedom Girl - 1 oz. Silver Bullion, 1.5'' - Original Design
Boston Library Medal - High Relief Bronze, 3'' - Design by Micahel Berman Elvis Collector Medal - Silver with Select Gold Plate, 1.5''
Leopard, 100 Dinars, Darfur Sultanate - Nickel Plated Brass, 25mm - Designed by Joseph Lang Zombucks - Walker - 1oz Silver 1.5'' - Original Design
Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame - Duke Kahanamoku Portrait - High Relief Bronze, 2'' Goddess Isis; Luxor Las Vegas - Silver Strike Gaming Token - Bi-metal Silver and Brass, 43mm - Original Design
Liberty's Glory - 1 oz. Silver, 1.5'' - Design by Gary Marks Liberty's Glory - 1 oz. Silver, 1.5'' - Design by Gary Marks
Mayo Clinic, Physicians Medal - High relief bronze, 3'' 1916 Mercury Dime Collectors Replica - Silver, 18mm
Barack Obama Medal - Brass, 1.5'' 1964 Peace Dollar Collectors Replica - Silver, 39mm
Ponce de Leon Award Medal - Bronze, 1'' Uncle Sam Medal - Bronze 2'' - Design by Michael Berman
Pope Medal - Brass 1.5'' - Original Design N.T. Rama Rao Medal - High relief bronze 2''
Ted's Liberty - Silver Bullion 1.5'' - Original Design from Client's Photo Willie Nelson Portrait - Promotional Piece for Island Records Release of the Album 'Spirit' - Bronze 1.5''
Alumnus Award; Stephen F. Austin University - High relief bronze 3'' Stanford University Medal - High Relief Bronze 3''
Star Liberty - 1oz .9999 Fine Gold Bullion - Original design Pegasus - 1oz Silver Bullion 1.5''
2014 Maui Dollar Copper-Nickel 1.5'' - Original Design Niue Islands $5 Coin Reverse - High Relief Silver - Original Design
Cleopatra - Obverse - High Relief 2oz Silver Bullion - Original Design Cleopatra - Reverse - High Relief 2oz Silver Bullion - Original Design
Anubis - Obverse - High Relief 2oz Silver Bullion - Original Design Anubis - Reverse - High Relief 2oz Silver Bullion - Original Design
Veritas Lux Mea; Truth Is My Light - Obverse - 1oz silver 1.5'' - Original Design 'Latin Series' Veritas Lux Mea; Truth Is My Light - Reverse - 1oz silver 1.5'' - Original Design 'Latin Series'
Liberty Head - 1oz Silver 1.5'' - Original Design Texas Precious Metals Deer - 1oz Silver Bullion 1.5'' - Original Design
Argyraspides; Silver Shield - 1oz Silver 1.5'' Winged Victory, Caesar's Palace Las Vegas Silver Strike Gaming Token - Bi-Metal Silver and Brass, 43mm - Original Design
Texas Precious Metals Coyote - 1oz Silver Bullion 1.5'' - Original Design Texas Precious Metals Reverse - 1oz Silver Bullion
Clay County Courthouse - 1oz Silver 1.5'' - Original Design Debt and Death - 1oz Silver 1.5''
Duchess of Marksova - 1oz Silver 1.5'' - Original Design Seattle University School of Law - Dean's Award - 3'' Cast Bronze - Original Design
Shahs of Iran - Obverse - 2oz Silver Shahs of Iran - Reverse - 2oz Silver
August Vollmer Portrait - High Relief Bronze 3'' Northern Cyprus Coin - 20 Turkish Lira; 49mm - Designed by Joseph Lang
Pritzker Military Library Medal - High Relief Bronze 1'' 2004 Maui Dollar - Copper-Nickel 1.5'' - Original Design
2008 Papal Visit - Brass 2''
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Purchasing

Purchasing

TO PURCHASE A SCULPTURE:

Your purchase means a lot to me and I want to make it as easy and fun as possible. If that means making payments, just ask. Have a special request? Just ask. Ready to buy? Use the PayPal button on the sculpture's page. Don't like PayPal? Send me an email to arrange payment by check. Your sculpture will be shipped after payment is received.

Keep in mind that not all sculptures are immediately available. They may be out on loan to an exhibit or recently sold. If a cast is not immediately available but the edition is not yet sold out, then a new cast can be ordered. This will be a 8-12 week wait time. If delivery time is a deciding factor please email before ordering.

Each bronze is finished with a unique, hand applied patina so it may vary slightly from the photo. If you are not pleased with the sculpture after you receive it you may return it within 60 days for a full refund. Domestic ground shipping is included in the cost. Expedited shipping will be charged extra.

Art medals are packaged in a pouch and/or box. Bas reliefs bronzes are fixed with a hanger on the back so they can be displayed either on an easel or hung on the wall. The largest and heaviest are fitted with a French cleat for hanging. If you would like to mount the bronze, please contact me and I can arrange for bolts to be set on the back.


TO COMMISSION A SCULPTURE:

I accept commissions as my schedule allows. Contact me via email with your concept. I can work with finished art or just an idea. I will provide you with a bid based on the complexity of design. A 50% deposit is required to begin work. After the design is approved, further changes will incur additional fees. A photo of the finished sculpture is emailed for approval. After approval, no more adjustments are allowed. Full payment is required before shipping.

Contact Me

Contact Me

HEIDI WASTWEET

Wastweet Studio
Albany, California

[email protected]


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Photo by Tara Gimmer


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