"Growing up I called these little critters potato bugs. Others call them pill bugs, rolly pollies, Armadillo bugs, sow bugs, or pill woodlouse. The proper scientific name is Armadillidium Vulgare. Whatever you call them, they are an intriguing and compelling little shape, especially rolled up. The “predicament” part comes as this little guy finds himself in a bit of a precarious spot as his traveled path has lead him to this point. With a chasm in front blocking the path, indecision overcomes him and he does what potato bugs do best, he rolls up, a natural response, a defense mechanism (which we all have and use in one form or another.) In time he will quietly come out of his ball and carefully find a new way along his path."
A life-long resident of Utah, Johansen lives in Provo. He heads the fine arts casting division at Metal Arts Foundry in nearby Lehi. The company specializes in gallery and public art, monumental and architectural castings serving numerous area artists. He's done it for over twenty years and loves every minute of it. "It is always special to create beautiful, even ordinary, things. We work for and with a lot of artists so that interaction is appealing too." As are Johansen's sculptures of nature's wonder.