Dustin Poché is a Midwestern multimedia artist who creates original sculptures and one of a kind fine art figures. He was formally educated at the Colorado Institute of Art. He draws inspiration from his love of period fashion and his work experience in New York, where his career involved costume design, textiles and illustration within the fashion industry. His first venture into the figure and sculpting world began with the restoration of boudoir dolls, circa 1920. He exhibited those early works and they were received with much excitement and admiration.
“I learned a lot while working with the antique dolls, but there was something missing in the end result. I imagined characters with more expressive faces, emotions,and gestures. To bring these characters to light, I realized I had to begin sculpting them.”
His ideas come from many sources; personal experiences, emotions, and unique findings. Poche’ comments, “My pieces are very personal and I must be invested in the concept… The idea begins as an unclear image in my head which is brought into focus as the figure evolves. My work is currently done in paper clay but I’m always trying different mediums to create new effects.”
Poche’ likes to work with antique and vintage materials to create the clothing. He feels the use of these unique materials adds to the authenticity of the figure and he enjoys working with natural fibers. Poche’s work has been included in artistic publications and exhibited at art shows. He truly enjoys sharing his sculptures with others.
“I’m thankful for those who enjoy my work and I look forward to creating for many years to come. It brings me great joy to see people react to my art. Every reaction means a piece has evoked an emotion and that’s what drives me to continue to evolve as an artist.”