OTA ASKS Robert Koch

1.  What inspires/drives you in your creative pursuit?

Most of my work starts out as an abstraction of something in nature and then the process takes over and decides what direction the piece will take and that often leads to the inspiration for the next piece.

2.  Was there anyone pivotal in your becoming an artist and pursuing your creative journey?  When was this?

Besides going to my grandparent’s house and seeing Harry Bertoia welding monumental sculptures behind his studio, in the area that I grew up there has always been a strong art community and lots of art shows so seeing these people making a living on art made this way of life natural.

3.  What do you want to say to the world or what message do you want to give to the world?

My work is about calm and balance and unity.  All things that I feel that our society could use more of in this period of history.

4.  What advice can you give to those starting on the creative journey.

I think that it’s sort of important to maintain a bit of a disconnect from your work so that when people are giving you feedback that may not be what you needed to hear at that moment that you realize that it’s about the work and not the person.  And I’ll pass on the best advice that I have been given…don’t stop 5 minutes before the miracle happens.