Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sculptors Inspired by Spiritual Connection Between Human and Animal Spirit Worlds

Hib Sabin was born in Baltimore in 1935 presently lives in New Mexico. After he earned BFA in Studio Art and Art History at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, he taught art history at a number of institutions until 1970.

Sabin is a student of shamanism which largely influences his work. His work explores the spiritual connection between the human and animal spirit worlds often featuring owls, wolves, ravens, bears, coyotes and eagles into his pieces. He uses juniper wood to carve animal spirit bowls, spirit canoes, sculptors, and shamanistic masks.

“I am very interested in mythology and spirit. When I say “spirit,” I mean the spirit of nature. I’m basically looking, from either an aesthetic point of view or a ritual point of view, for these objects to reach into the heart of nature. What I try to do is imbue these critters, these power animals, these animal spirits, which are like an alter ego, with this spiritual energy.”

He has done many solo exhibitions all over the country. His work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine and has been displayed by the Port of Seattle at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. He is currently represented by galleries in Connecticut, Colorado, Vermont, New Mexico, New York, Washington State, Arizona and Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon.