Joseph Mendla


Sculpture By Joseph Mendla

My love of making things and drawing goes back into childhood.  I am not aware of any time that it wasn’t part of my inner landscape and, yet, it didn’t seem like anything special, either.

I was a talker and a reader and I had no idea of what I wanted to be in life until the end of high school.  Then I discovered the field of Industrial Design and I decided that it was for me.  I went to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia to learn that, to do that, to be that.  But, then, I was taught to weld in one of my classes and the whole universe of sculpture opened up for me.  I discovered that I could make drawings in space with a material that could be linear and strong.  I discovered steel.  I was in love.

When I left art school with my Design degree, the title page of my portfolio read “Joseph Mendla, Sculptor”.  And really, for the first time, I began to think of myself as an artist.

Joseph Mendla
Shakti's Pane IV (4) by Joseph Mendla
Shakti's Pane IV (4)
24 x 25.38 x 9.63 in.
Zen Brushwork (103) by Joseph Mendla
Zen Brushwork (103)
15.13 x 13.88 x 5.25 in.
Zen Brushwork LXVII (68) by Joseph Mendla
Zen Brushwork LXVII (68)
7.63 x 8 x 2.25 in.
Zen Brushwork XCV (95) by Joseph Mendla
Zen Brushwork XCV (95)
8.69 x 8.31 x 2.25 in.