Dusty 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 and draws inspiration from work experiences in New York that 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. When Poché exhibited those early works they were received with great fanfare and admiration. To explain his artistic evolution, he said, “I learned a lot while working with the antique dolls, but there was something missing in the results. I imagined characters with more expressive faces, emotions and gestures. To bring those characters to light, I realized I had to begin sculpting them.”
The artist has learned to utilize the many ideas that arise out of his many experiences, emotions and findings unique to him. Poché commented on how he harnesses those instincts, “My pieces are very personal and I must be invested in the concept. Ideas begin as an unclear image in my head and are brought into focus as a figure evolves. My work is currently done in paper clay but I’m always trying different mediums to create new effects.”
Poché likes to work with antique and vintage materials to create garments that conclude each figure’s personality, ultimately setting individual auras. He feels the use of these unique materials adds to the authenticity of the figure and he enjoys working with natural fibers.
As his work has gained notoriety, the dramatic figures have been included in artistic publications and exhibited at art shows. “I truly enjoy sharing my 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.”