Steve Belz

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“The environment is in a delicate balance between well-being and decline. For a healthy society, we must be responsive to the fact that all of our activities affect the Earth. My sculptures express the beauty of nature and the tension created by man’s manipulation of our environment. I use the beauty of form to increase the viewer’s emotional connection with nature. This connection to nature can expand one person’s, and ultimately our society’s compassion for the natural world.

Historically we have manipulated plants by gathering seeds, grafting limbs, and controlling pollination of plants with traits we find favorable. These qualities were gradually developed over countless generations. What is different about our more recent modification of plants is the far-reaching selection of traits from organisms that would not be accessible without genetic engineering. For instance, splicing a fish gene with a strawberry to make the strawberry more resistant to cold could not occur if not for techniques developed by scientists. This kind of manipulation is dramatically different from our prior system of plant selection and has potentially profound effects on the Earth.

I use manufactured elements in my work to create a tension meant to bring about a consciousness within the viewer, to open a dialogue about contemporary society’s association with nature. This discussion can raise awareness of the danger that our current situation poses. A lack of responsibility and stewardship for the Earth creates many problems for the planet, among them degradation of our basic life support systems, as reflected in the loss of biodiversity, increased toxicity of our food systems, inefficient use of natural resources and global climate change. I hope that my art will encourage viewers to educate themselves and become increasingly proactive in assuring a sustainable future.” Steve Belz

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Steve Belz: Assisted Nucleation, 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glaze, rubber cord and steel fastener, 20H x 30W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Assisted Nucleation, 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glaze, rubber cord and steel fastener, 20H x 30W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Assisted Nucleation (detail), 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glaze, rubber cord and steel fastener, 20H x 30W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Assisted Nucleation (detail), 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glaze, rubber cord and steel fastener, 20H x 30W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Conflict of Purpose, 2010, Low fire ceramic, washes, rubber, stainless steel and acrylic paint, 11H x 40W x 17D inches (alternative view)

Steve Belz: Conflict of Purpose, 2010, Low fire ceramic, washes, rubber, stainless steel and acrylic paint, 11H x 40W x 17D inches (alternative view)

Steve Belz: Conflict of Purpose, 2010, Low fire ceramic, washes, rubber, stainless steel and acrylic paint, 11H x 40W x 17D inches

Steve Belz: Conflict of Purpose, 2010, Low fire ceramic, washes, rubber, stainless steel and acrylic paint, 11H x 40W x 17D inches

Steve Belz: Pulse, 2011, Ceramic, glaze, bronze and powder coating, 9H x 14W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Pulse, 2011, Ceramic, glaze, bronze and powder coating, 9H x 14W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Pulse (detail), 2011, Ceramic, glaze, bronze and powder coating, 9H x 14W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Pulse (detail), 2011, Ceramic, glaze, bronze and powder coating, 9H x 14W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Hold It, 2009, Low fire ceramic, washes, glazes, copper wires and steel fasteners, 9H x 13W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Hold It, 2009, Low fire ceramic, washes, glazes, copper wires and steel fasteners, 9H x 13W x 10D inches

Steve Belz: Emerging Tension, 2010, Low fire ceramic, slips, glazes, rubber cords and copper wires, 5H x 8W x 5D inches

Steve Belz: Emerging Tension, 2010, Low fire ceramic, slips, glazes, rubber cords and copper wires, 5H x 8W x 5D inches

Steve Belz: Bound, 2010, Low fire ceramic, glazes, slip, rubber cord and copper wires, 10H x 19W x 9D inches

Steve Belz: Bound, 2010, Low fire ceramic, glazes, slip, rubber cord and copper wires, 10H x 19W x 9D inches

Steve Belz: Bound (detail), 2010, Low fire ceramic, glazes, slip, rubber cord and copper wires, 10H x 19W x 9D inches

Steve Belz: Bound (detail), 2010, Low fire ceramic, glazes, slip, rubber cord and copper wires, 10H x 19W x 9D inches

Steve Belz: Twisted Synthesis, 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glazes, rubber cords and steel fasteners, 14H x 27W x 13D inches

Steve Belz: Twisted Synthesis, 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glazes, rubber cords and steel fasteners, 14H x 27W x 13D inches

Steve Belz: In the Balance (detail), 2011, Low fire ceramic, glazes, washes, slips, stainless steel, rubber and wood, 13H x 13W x 7D inches

Steve Belz: In the Balance (detail), 2011, Low fire ceramic, glazes, washes, slips, stainless steel, rubber and wood, 13H x 13W x 7D inches

Steve Belz: G.E.M. Genetics X Environment X Management, 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glazes, slips and resin, 9H x 17W x 12D inches

Steve Belz: G.E.M. Genetics X Environment X Management, 2011, Low fire ceramic, washes, glazes, slips and resin, 9H x 17W x 12D inches