Nathan Johansen


-Born September 3, 1958

-Graduated with a BFA from Brigham Young University

-Has worked in the Art Casting field for 20 years, coordinating fine art casting at Metal Arts Foundry in Lehi, Ut.

-Has a Wife and 4 kids and currently resides in Provo Utah.

Provo, Utah


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photo by Bruce Hucko

Germination III

Germination III

photo by Shanachie Carrol

Media: bronze, steel

Dimensions:  54" x 24" x 12"


As a seed begins germinating, it reaches upward through the soil, sending out delicate roots that seem so vulnerable. Yet, it demonstrates its great potential for strength as it pushes past the dirt, stones, organisms and debris, inexorably seeking the light. Observations of this seemingly tenuous growth, breaking through hard soil, hard-pan surfaces and even through asphalt, shows its persistence and perseverance in finding its way, demonstrating immense strength for such a small package. Each germination is a lesson in persistent, patient effort in finding the way past all hardships to sustaining light.
The intriguing texture on the surface of this sculpture was created from a mixture of actual organic material, decaying leaves, bugs, and other objects you might find underground. This material was affixed to the sculpture model and can now be seen in the cast bronze surface, making it an interesting feature for inspection and discovery.

Potato Bug Predicament

potato bug predicament by nathan Joansen for MArTT 2019

Media: bronze, steel

Dimensions: 48" x 20" x 10"


Growing up I called these little critters potato bugs. Others call them pill bugs, rolly pollies, Armadillo bugs, sow bugs, or pill woodlouse. The proper scientific name is Armadillidium Vulgare. Whatever you call them, they are an intriguing and compelling little shape, especially rolled up. The “predicament” part comes as this little guy finds himself in a bit of a precarious spot as his traveled path has lead him to this point. With a chasm in front blocking the path, indecision overcomes him and he does what potato bugs do best, he rolls up, a natural response, a defense mechanism (which we all have and use in one form or another.) In time he will quietly come out of his ball and carefully find a new way along his path.









photo by Shanachie Carrol