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In the pieces of self-taught Michigan Artist Tim Gunnett, we find a dichotomy.

In his current work, gathering driftwood and grass made smooth by the wind and tangled by the waves along the shore of Lake Michigan, Tim assembles sculptures that are simple and peaceful. Much like the landscape wherein the objects were found, each sculpture is an exploration of both erosion and permanence.

For those lucky enough to live in the Great Lakes State, it’s easy to empathize with these sculptures. Many have fond memories of the beach, the breaking waves, and wind above the water. Somehow these impressions become permanent despite the fact that the shores are worn and carved anew each year.

In contrast to his nature-inspired work, Tim breaks up the daily monotony at his warehouse job by slicing apart boxes and reassembling the pieces into collages that at times look like gibberish. He purposely avoids thinking about what he is doing, fewer constraints, and randomly places pieces. The only intent is a wabi-sabi aesthetic.

Since childhood, Tim has drawn, painted, and sculpted. In his early thirties, he had his first show at Sanctuary Folk Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan and his artwork has been exhibited in numerous West Michigan galleries and shows since then. In 2001, he and three other artists painted the Richard Haas mural in downtown Grand Rapids, marking the beginning of a resurgent corridor of the city. Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two adult sons. He also is a year round avid commuting cyclist.