OUR Q&A EXCHANGE WITH PETER MANGAN, A METAL AND GLASS SCULPTOR
AC: What is your earliest recollection of having the desire to be an artist?
PM: An early memory is of making a puppet in the first grade representing the north wind. The figure had lots of blue and long white beard. The teacher praised it. I got the feeling that I might be good at this art making.
AC: Do you have a favorite piece of work that you have produced and why is it special to you?
PM: In 2015 I made a large outdoor sculpture of a sphere, called "New World". It has lines of metallic copper with discs of red glass inside. I sent an image of it to my father, who raved about it. He passed away later that year, so this sculpture has special significance to me.
AC: What other artist(s) have had the most influence on you and your work?
PM: Local sculptors still producing strong pieces at an advanced age, such as Johann Eyfells and Phil Evett. Some well known artists who have influenced me are Calder, Nevelson, Tinguley, Moroles, and Surls.
AC: Explain where/how you get your inspiration.
PM: Observing nature and interpreting my personal experiences drive my artistic pursuits. Learning from a previous creation often leads to the next idea.
AC: If your art could say one thing to people, what would that be?
PM: Look in a fresh way.