Thor Sigstedt is an artist in wood, words, cameras, bronze, cast iron, glass, notes and steel; a homesteader from Spirit Valley specializing in forest diversity and “land ethics” and a dabbler in practical and non-practical non-zero new paradigm complexity in the multiverse.
Topic: Thor’s Hammer
Having been given the gift of being able to lead a life of varied interests and experiences that relate to a large number of practical, philosophical and political subjects, I intend to write about the subjects that are closest to my heart, which are also often controversial and many based on an intimate relationship with the land and the landscape of New Mexico. I have lived here for nearly 45 years; my family first moving here as artists in 1951 and have homesteaded a beautiful 40 acre parcel along ½ mile of Galisteo Creek for over 30 years and I have tended to the tasks of caring for the land, animals, children and family, the watershed in intimate ways in an experimental life that also includes an abiding interest in a wide range of subjects and having written about them and told stories about my experiences and thoughts, weaving them into a world view that is colorful, thoughtful and interesting and definitely New Mexican in its flavor and love of the physical and spiritual landscape. Hold on to your hats as I weave my thoughts and attempt to elucidate some new paradigm thinking and some down home observations. I went to St. Johns as a freshman, UNM as an architectural student, Northern New Mexico Community College as a draftsman, Highlands as an art/bronze casting student, Santa Fe Community College for glass casting, Donkey College for the school of grazing, hard knocks, wood butchery and heavy equipment and trips to China, India, Canada, Norway, Italy, England and Mexico, New Zealand as well as many other countries for that worldly education and I presently waltz and 2 step at every opportunity and watch the watershed with a keen, loving gaze. I guess you would have to admit that I am a sort of Renaissance man with a large shop, a country gait and a camera, a guitar, a pencil, a computer and a Leatherman tool always near at hand.
June 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM
“that place is so amazing and beautiful and so comprehensive the way it just lays there like a beautiful southwestern style oil painting…"
June 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM
my neighbor smelled smoke and thought maybe there was a fire nearby...