masks. Next up was a bachelor’s degree in
engineering at the University of Vermont,
then a position with LEGO Futura, the
research and development arm of LEGO.
During that period, he discovered the wind-powered sculpture of the pioneering kinetic
artist George Rickey, and the hook was set.
Sherwood realized that he, too, wanted to
devote his time to sculpture.
Today, the Ipswich, Massachusetts,
artist spends his days in pursuit of light, its
ephemeral, mercurial quality a constant goad
to looking more closely at the world around
him. “The natural world is so engaging — the
shapes, the forms, the movement, the light,”
a large sculpture of a human head is part of a
duo of pieces entitled Steel Life, shown several
years ago in a Boston Sculptors Gallery exhibition.
Both pieces were subsequently purchased by a
says Sherwood. “It’s a cliché, I realize, but
nature is a constant source of inspiration. We
all have a basic intuition for light,” he continues. “Think of our attraction and emotional
response to the reflection of light coming off
the water at sunset. My aim is to create three-dimensional paintings of light that pull down
the sky, lift up the earth, and gather everything