A Sculptural Search For Universal Connections
When I was a kid, I was taking a trip out with my parents to the West Coast, and I’d fallen asleep in the backseat while we were driving through the mountains. I woke up with that blurry, waking-up kind of feeling. As we drove along, the mountains appeared to be rushing by the window, and I fell in love with the way the mountains arranged themselves in my view and how they moved with respect to each other.
This was a pivotal life experience for Hank Kaminsky, igniting a deep sculptural search that would lead him to his current home in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
A youthful native of New York who loved science and poetry, Kaminsky first pursued a career path in engineering. It wasn’t long before he became disenchanted with inspecting the world through meters and measuring life with data alone. Discovering he was more interested in creating shapes and faces, he abandoned his engineering studies at Queens College to become an artist. He studied the figure at the Art Students League, The Pennsylvania Academy and The New School, and he earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas.
I kept making sculptures of mountains, but they didn’t quite satisfy my understanding. Then one very early morning, suddenly it came to me that I should sculpt the sky, working in the negative. Then I would pour plaster into that to get a true picture of the mountains, one that would be removed from my direct experience by the fact that I had sculpted the sky.
Kaminsky has been exploring ways to give form to the unmanifested through the discipline of sculpture for more than 50 years. “I want to see the shape of the face of God,” he says. Still passionate about scholarly reflection, storytelling and energy’s unfolding, he seeks to make visible the miraculous glue that binds us together—those invisible fields of space that both connect us and disconnect us—as observers to a much greater universe.
He creates using sand, clay and metal at the Village Sculptor studio workshop, and he shares his work through the Sacred Ground Project, sculptural jewelry and artistic commissions.