Matthew Sudlow

My fascination with bonsai trees began when I was a child. In my late twenties, I decided on a whim to move west from Pennsylvania to Utah. By chance, I crossed paths with a Utahan who had devoted over seventy years of his life to the art of bonsai. Fortunately, I became one of his last students. Not long after that experience, I discovered that I was more interested in the idea of sculpting a tree than training one. However, just sculpting a one-off tree was not enough. I was excited by the challenge of building a mold for something as complex as a bonsai tree. With a mold, I could produce nearly identical copies and in my opinion that is an important mark of a modern bronze artist. Also, the process required that I make the copies in wax which needed to somehow survive the demolding process. It’s uncanny that I was able to use this fragile material to create a permanent bronze sculpture of such intricacy. It has taken years of development and experimentation to equip me with the knowledge to make these enchanting bronze bonsai trees. I hope they captivate you as they have me.