“One of my favorite forms in my life has been the maple seed. It’s simplicity and gracefulness captivates me. “Seed” is a variation of this form. It could be considered the imaginary spark which could grow into a mature maple tree. It seems improbable for such an awesome natural force that would nurture a small seed into a giant maple." Sam’s father is a metalworker, so he grew up knowing much about skills used in the shop. Eventually, a starting point was followed by altering and playing with the forms through his imagination. He discovered, with no conscious intent, that he had become a sculptor.
Inspired by natural bone forms, rural technology, and geometric structure, Sam Spiczka has produced an unsettling body of work that is both modern and intensely primal, public yet deeply personal.
Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Spiczka became captivated by metal early on through the experience of working at his family’s welding shop. Though he briefly studied art and philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, his true education has come from Nature, the example of past sculptors, and the craftsmanship of his father. His award winning sculptures have been exhibited nationally – including at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Rochester Art Center and Franconia Sculpture Park. They also can be found in many public and private collections.