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There’s something comforting about finishing a puzzle. What was once an assembly of chaotic shapes with little rationale when on their own creates a vision with purpose and meaning when pieced together. Each part has its place, and without it, the project is not com­ plete. The artwork of Dale Mathis plays upon puzzles, moving parts and a surreal imagination that intertwines the whole. Creating media sculptures that coax stories of connection, his work transcends the mere appearance of the clock, evok­ ing an emotional response of calm and order. It’s an experi­ ence that so many are searching to achieve in this crazy, fre­ netic world we live in. We asked Dale about his art, how he got started and what’s next in the years to come. When did you discover your love for putting things together? February/March 2018 I was like MacGyver building and back engineering everything I could get my hands on starting as early as the age of five. Always curious about how things worked, I’d take things apart and find new ways to reconstruct them. I was never drawn to traditional toys and would tinker with gears and tools for hours, creating one­of­a­kind pieces from the stuff I found lying around. At 11 years old, I made a functional airboat out of a paint pan, a broken toy airplane, components from a remote control car, and a cassette tape case. This was just one of the many things I created in my youth, and they led to the various inventions­turned­art pieces I would make in the coming years. 67