LaVon Van Williams
Jr. has been woodcarving since the age of 15. Stories of life in
the urban Afro-American community are central subjects of his carving.
art work for the 1994 film Deep Cover and created the logo
of the National Black Libraries Association. His work has been at
the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead State University, and in
the national touring show When the Spirit Moves: African American
Art Inspired by Dance.
you're trying to make a woman, you're not trying to do the most
beautiful woman in the world. You're probably trying to express
the soul or the inner part or the personality of a person, more
so than trying to capture the exact image, like a photograph would
want to try to be as expressive as possible, as explosive as possible.
You're looking for a fantastic movement or a fantastic shape that
comes in the piece, and that's the whole power to the piece. You
want it to explode out when the viewer sees it or you want it to
be calm, but yet you still want a powerful presence in the piece,
so that it dominates or takes off.