Brian Ferriby is currently on faculty at the Art Institute of Michigan and Sculptor/Designer at Inde Studio and Gallery in Novi, Michigan. Previously he was an adjunct faculty member at Oakland Community College. He earned a MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Master of Architecture from University of Michigan.
I sculpt because it is a perfect combination of my passions. Sculpture embraces space and form like architecture, movement and rhythm like music, and beauty and simplicity like nature.
I prefer to work from intuition. I rely upon similarity of form to unite a composition. I do not know what the outcome of each piece will be until it is completed. Learning from the current work provides the inspiration for the next.
I build my sculptures from materials native to Michigan. I use steel and copper, both originally mined in the Upper Peninsula and transported by ship to the mills of the Midwest. I also use techniques that are elemental to the region, from those used by the earliest blacksmiths to those of the ironworkers who built factories, skyscrapers, and bridges.
I believe my sculpture is a continuation of these innovations. While I find much to admire and emulate in previous work by other craftsmen, I continue to search for artistic avenues of expression as of yet unexplored.