From the June 8th, 2006 issue of the in the University of Kentucky's, "Kentucky Kernel", a student run newspaper:
Sir Isaac Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object at rest will remain at rest, while an object in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.
For UK graduate Stephen Wiggins, the outside forces of art, music and religion keep him moving forward.
His art show, "An Object in Motion," the name of which was inspired by Newton's first law, is on display at Common Grounds Coffee House. The show's title came from Wiggins' life lessons.
"I've found that if you just keep moving and you get to a rough spot, and then if you rest and you do that you'll get more depressed just wallowing," Wiggins said. "But once you keep moving, you just keep moving - you don't look back."
The show is dedicated to Wiggins' friend, Jason Goodwin, who died after a car accident in February. The two met through the Christian Student Fellowship, and Goodwin inspired his friend to work through others' criticism and keep making art.
"Since he died, it's kind of resonated with me, the object in motion concept - just keep going and not be at rest," Wiggins said. "Just keep moving forward and don't sit there and wallow."
Mary Carlton, a Common Grounds employee in charge of putting together art exhibits at the coffee house, worked with Wiggins to set up the show.
"I've gotten a lot of really positive responses about his art work," Carlton said. "I think he's going to go far because he's a very hard worker and he really cares about what he's doing."
Wiggins was raised a Roman Catholic, and many of the pieces are inspired by his faith - his passion has devoted him both to art and his religion.
"I didn't have any direction in my life," he said. "Once I dedicated it to (Christ), I found that more opportunities popped up and I felt more at peace about what I was doing, other than freaking out about it."
Wiggins graduated with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts last month. He named his adviser, UK art professor Arturo Sandoval, as one of his mentors.
"(Sandoval) helped me out as far as giving me encouragement and letting me know that you can do art and make a way for yourself. You just find a way to make it work for you, and it will work out," Wiggins said. "He was able to guide me as far as art and religion and spirituality, and how to connect those things together."
When he's not creating new pieces, Wiggins is in the DJ booth on the radio at WRFL 88.1 FM.
According to his Web site, Wiggins especially loves drum and bass, but is interested in other genres of electronic music like techno and house. Wiggins said that growing up listening to artists such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Al Green has influenced his preference for "soulful drum and bass."
"I don't try to play a whole lot of stuff with vocals, or stuff that's too mainstream because Top-40 music is so accessible to the media," Wiggins said. "I know my music is abstract, but I love it."
His paintings and prints are selling now, but even if his art doesn't lead to a career, Wiggins said art will always be part of his life.
"Being able to reach people through my art or DJ-ing, even though I don't know how I'm going to do it; if I can do that, that's my goal," he said, "because that's going to carry me further than just making money."
Attn: LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
RECEIVES SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Artist STEPHEN WIGGINS a native of LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY has received a Special Recognition Merit Award for
artwork in the "12th Annual Judeo-Christian Juried Online International Art Exhibition" hosted by Upstream People
This international exhibition received approximately 150 entries from around the world and 33 artists were selected
by the juror Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, U. S. A.
Professor Bradshaw states this about this specially recognized work:
"'STEPHEN WIGGINS of Portland, Oregon takes on an important theme for Christians in turning over our troubles and placing them at the foot of the cross. “Lay Your Burdens Down” is a great message of hope."'
The exhibition will be featured online at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com and continue for 12
months, closing March 31, 2011.
Further information about the artist's work:
"I created this piece when I was a student at the University of Kentucky. This piece shows that when we place our problems at the foot of the cross, Jesus will forgive all of our sins. We write our sins on pieces of paper when we pray to Jesus and he erases them. He forgets our sins as we confess the enemy tries to make us forget that our sins have been paid for and He tries to make us forget our salvation. I am also showing that when we pray our prayers go up to Heaven and that we should be rooted in Christ. We have to lay our burdens on the cross so that Jesus can help us move forward in life."
Further information about the work can be found by clicking on the virus-free links below:
Upstream People Gallery Team
5607 Howard Street
Omaha, NE 68106-1257
402 991 4741