Artist Profile: Kevin Roth

Posted July 24, 2016 at 5:32 am by

Kevin Roth - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Kevin Roth - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

I stopped by Kevin Roth’s on Fri­day to check out his lat­est project and found him hard at work on his mag­nif­i­cent new Fish House. He aims to get it fin­ished in time for the coun­ty fair. Sur­round­ed by the mate­ri­als of his craft Kevin’s work­space resem­bles a cross between a curios­i­ty shop and a junk­yard. Repur­pos­ing found mate­ri­als is key to his work. Look­ing at a dis­card­ed cement mix­er lin­ing and see­ing a giant fish is the mag­ic part. Actu­al­ly cre­at­ing a Fish House out of found mate­ri­als requires hard work and skills.

Kevin is an advo­cate for keep­ing shop and art class­es in our schools and for good rea­sons. As a stu­dent these were the class­es that were the most mean­ing­ful to him. As a teenag­er he got into cars, motor­cy­cles, and learned to weld. The com­bi­na­tion of his met­al­work­ing skills, sense of humor, and impulse to repur­pose cast off mate­ri­als join to cre­ate art­works that tick­le our imag­i­na­tions and delight us with the results.

Work in Progress - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

Work in Progress - Peggy Sue McRae Photo

When I asked Kevin what he would like peo­ple to know about his work he said, “It’s not for the tourists and it’s not for the mon­ey”. Not that tourists don’t enjoy his work. His Pineap­ple and the Straw­ber­ry House are bonafide road­side attrac­tions on the West Side Rd. Peo­ple stop, take pic­tures, and leave him love notes. The pur­pose for the work though says Roth, is “to spread whim­sy across the land”. Don’t miss Kevin’s Fish House at the fair this year. “It’s for the kids” says Roth, adding… “and we’re all kids.”

Strawberry House - Heather P. Ebert Photo

Strawberry House - Heather P. Ebert Photo

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One comment...

  1. Mag­nif­i­cent. Keep spread­ing your whimsy.

    Comment by Gordon Haverstock on July 24, 2016 at 9:25 am

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