Nick Dahill/Colin Coviello Collaboration
2021 Fellowship Award Recipient
Our chainsaw carving collaboration draws from Colin and I’s shared experience working at Wood Street Studio, where we both began to see Wood as the perfect material for some of our sculptural aspirations. At Ringling, we both learned much about the creation of characters and worlds in a digital 3D space, but we have since become fascinated with bringing these designs from the digital space to the physical world. At Wood Street Studio we had success with carving small characters from chunks of off cut wood, but now we want to take our sculptures to the next level. We want to go BIG by carving whole logs into original characters using Chainsaws and large chisels. Logs sourced from owner of Wood Street Studio, Dale Rieke’s, vast collection of local trees that fell during Hurricane Irma. Colin and I will create a small collection of one of a kind carved wood sculptures, with hopes of ultimately showing the collection in a gallery space here in Sarasota.
Nick Dahill is a Sarasota based Fine Artist, whose personal icon “Mr. Guy” runs the show. Inspired by early experiences with video games, where JRPGs and simulation games reigned supreme. His life and art is now shaped by those experiences.
Having studied Game Art, in addition to Fine Art, at Ringling College of Art and Design, his work ranges from drawing and illustration, to 3D animation, to furniture and wood sculpture. Nick considers himself a world builder and a storyteller, who seeks to understand the world around him through his art.