Self-Taught Art

O.L. Samuels

O.L. Samuels was the forlorn youngster who created beasts from trunks of trees and their heavy roots, to assuage his sadness. He built "skeletons" and creatures' extremities from knots of wood. By mixing sawdust, paint and glue, he concocted a substance to use as "skin." "The wood talks to you, like when you're cooking," he'd said. He blew his breath into his cupped hands and rubed them over the sculptures, infusing his life into his creations. "The state you’re in always comes through in the piece itself," he said.