A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Stinehart, a South Carolina-based woodworking artist. Kevin salvages materials like old books and wood scraps and uses them to create works of art. He says, “I have found that in life some of the most striking beauty is found in the discarded and broken things. I strive to mirror that same hope in the art that I create. While the end result should be a thing of aesthetic pleasure, the ultimate goal is always redemption – something new from the old, something lovely from the rubbish, and in each of us, and in all things, another chance to be made beautiful.”
As we talked about his work Kevin explained, “Some of these [discarded] things were valuable at some point, fragments from our collective American past that we can carry into the future.” I love that. I love the idea of taking pieces of our past that may even belong in the garbage and not just salvaging those things but redeeming them – making them into something beautiful, meaningful and worthwhile.
The work pictured above demonstrates the redemptive meaning of Kevin’s art in more than just the artwork itself. This piece was made out of the scraps pictured on the left and the finished product was auctioned off to support holistic rehabilitation for victims of sex-trafficking.
The old books, pieces of wood and scrap metal have a story. Somewhere along the way, they went from their useful, intended purpose to become items put on the side of the road to be discarded. Yet with the skill and craftsmanship of an artist, those old, discarded and worthless things are made new.
If you love this artwork as much as I do, you’ll be excited to know that Kevin has offered to give away one of his original, handcrafted works. The winner of this giveaway will have their choice of either his piece entitled “Set” or his piece called “Pierce”. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway.
Photos courtesy of Kevin Stinehart.