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.