- Nathan Phillips Square
Owen is a professional sculptor from east of Peterborough Ontario, Initially studying welding and fabrication at Sir Sanford Fleming College, before receiving their BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, and briefly studied abroad at the Gerrit Rietveld Acadamie in Amsterdam.Owen describes themself as “a carver of unnatural materials, instead of wood and stone, I carve discarded tools, car parts and other salvaged steel objects collected from the forests and scrapyards of rural Ontario”. Each piece is hand carved with a handheld plasma cutter, a welding torch used for melting and cutting steel. Often mounted on a computer controlled track system, Owens skillful manipulation allows them to carve a variety of materials that are beyond the capabilities of even the most advanced robotics or lasers. Through the imaginative use of a precision fabrication tool the artist unlocks a dimension of creativity that cannot be achieved through the technical expertise of the engineer.