J. E. Johnson, father of two and husband of one, is an artist, poet, and maker of things living in Austin, Texas. He was born, raised, and went to church in and around New Gottland township near McPherson, Kansas.
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My approach to making art is rooted in a personal desire to be immortal.
I feel a kinship with the Medieval master metalsmiths whose exquisite yet durable objects were precisely crafted to exalt the narrative of their time. In my work, I revel in how these centuries-old narratives continue to exert a broad influence on our own perceptions and actions.
Though my muse is Medieval my methods are thoroughly modern. I produce the images using an acid resist etching method on brass. The automated work uses clockwork gear trains, cams, and linkages made on machine tools from modern alloys and fasteners.