Fate, Change, or Circumstance

Don Narcomey

Fate, Chance or Circumstance was first displayed in the Governor’s Gallery at the State Capitol before being purchased for the Oklahoma Judicial Center collection. The sculpture is composed of steel along with both wenge wood and padauk wood. The small metal rectangles evoke images of the briefs filed in each case that comes before the Supreme Court, making the Clerk’s office a natural choice for displaying this piece.

Narcomey often works with wood, metal and found materials to create his sculptures. He said the pieces take shape from the inherent color, texture, form or unique characteristics of the materials at hand.

A native Oklahoman of Seminole/Muscogee Creek descent, Narcomey grew up in Edmond and received his bachelors degree from Central State University in 1982, now the University of Central Oklahoma. He taught sculpture and three-dimensional design classes there from 2000 to 2004. His works have been exhibited both regionally and nationally, including shows at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, the Wichita Center for the Arts and the City Arts Center. His furniture designs were recently featured on HGTV’s show, Modern Masters.

Source: Artist provided biography, “Artist’s Wall Sculptures Are Displayed at Capitol,” The Oklahoman, January 11, 2011; Oklahoma Arts Council Press Release, April 4, 2011.