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Joseph Jaskolka had wished to create art since high school, but did not find his medium until he was in his early twenties. Spirituality, history, and a bond with the farm and land his great-grandfather purchased in 1918 are Joseph's driving inspirations for his work. His sculptures speak to human conflicts, trials, failures, and successes.
In 1999, Joseph envisioned a sculpture of natural, unaltered stone which had never been attempted and was revolutionary in its assembly and composition. Inspired by similarities to the human anatomy which he saw in the rocks of walls bordering his fields, he experimented with welding and drilling stone to receive the framework that supports his sculptures and formulating compounds for sealing and texturing the sculpture's joints. Consumed by the redevelopment of the farm, he did not complete his first work, “Anubis,” until 2009, followed by “Grief of Achilles” in 2010.
Joseph's third sculpture “Minotaur Bound” was displayed on the Town Green in Kent, Connecticut in 2011. In its two years at this location, the sculpture generated a strong and divided public reaction; both praised by supporters for its dramatic message, scope, and workmanship, and decried by opponents as dark, violent, and unwelcoming. The eventual removal of “Minotaur Bound” generated news and debate over liberty and the use of public space for display of controversial artwork. Joseph studied art at Western Connecticut State University. His works have also been displayed at the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan and at Saunders Farm in Garrison, New York.
Highland Falls Sculpture Walk
New England fieldstone, steel, granite, copper, and citrine