John Bisbee has spent nearly 30 years welding and forging 12-inch nails into amazing works of Nails Art and sculptural work. This might sound like a misplaced act of dedication until you see just how beautiful and impressive his sculptures are.
Bisbee writes that he is guided by the mantra “only nails, always different.” This comes across loud and clear in his work, since he has put this seemingly simple and limiting component to hundreds of different creative uses, many of which expand to consume an entire wall or room.
The story goes that his fascination with nails began when he was scavenging for metal parts to use in his sculptures. He upturned a bucket of rusted nails, noticing that they retained the shape of the bucket they were in. This fascinated him, and he spent the next 3 decades exploring his newly discovered medium!
To hear more about his work in his own words, check out Bisbee’s interview below!
“For me, working with so many modular units is like creating unique legos, and then assembling them into unknown wholes,” John Bisbee told the interviewer. “It’s extremely fun, and my daily rhythm”
“The message is whatever the viewer finds. Yes, it’s primarily aesthetics, but it’s also a representation of the infinite potential of a single element”
“I have thought about other verbs in buckets,” Bisbee said, referring to the bucket that started it all. “I use metal buckets everyday in the shop, so they’re always on my mind. Someday, soon maybe, I will execute one of these”
Bisbee says that, every day, his work “gets deeper and more exciting. I hope that my work will continue to progress and that this is just the tip of the iceberg”