Articles by Timothy Schmalz
By Hannah Marazzi with Timothy Schmalz
November 7, 2019
For years, sculptor Timothy Schmalz has been turning the gazes of passersby towards visual representations of scripture, with his large-scale sculptures erected worldwide. Our own Hannah Marazzi sits down with Schmalz to discuss his art and the vision behind it.
I have this cynicism about what people think about artwork and Christianity, but I also have a faith that one can do a piece of artwork that can explain and show people how amazing Saint Thomas Aquinas is or how awesome Saint Padre Pio is TS: I think all artwork has to be something that communicates in a language people understand and that part of the idea of an artist is to communicate TS: On each piece I create, I kind of come on with the premise that people don't like artwork and that they're bored of artwork; that artwork is invisible to them It’s the same size as Angels Unaware, a 20-foot sculpture on human trafficking I have to know how bored people are with artwork and how jaded they are with artwork and how much we're tantalizing the little iPhone as artwork And I think, “What better, and what more discreet but powerful way, to inspire people to care about their brothers and sisters that are in that community, than by having that sculpture just there?” You can turn away if you want, but it has silent, powerful presence in a community