Zimbabwe-born multidisciplinary artist Tony Fredriksson shapes amazing life-size figurative sculptures minutely putting together driftwood pieces.
Inspiration is something that I find has to be worked on sooner rather than latter otherwise it may evaporate. Once I have an invitation to fill gallery space I prioritize my time (I set myself 3 months for this one) and cut out as many distractions as possible and let my family know that I will not be ‘present ‘as usual till the art is in place. I follow a disciplined work schedule and try to focus on one sculpture at a time, which does not always work if I get distracted by another idea. The sculptures are mostly spontaneous. I find commissioned work much harder to complete than the ones that I have dreamed up myself. I still enjoy doing both and start to become passionate about a piece once it is on the go. If an impulse to make something takes hold of me, I can go without eating and become obsessed with the work till it reaches its climax which is when what you imagined has become a reality, there can be no rest till I get there. That feeling of achievement is almost like a drug.Tony Fredriksson