Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova
Artists / Sculptors
Sheila is a dire wolf made from reclaimed materials. The artists Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova originally made her out of reclaimed wood for Maker Faire in 2018. After that, the artists slowly transformed her from wood to steel.
Dire wolf made from reclaimed materials
They gathered excess materials from various construction projects and used them to remake her frame and body. For example, her fur or skin is made up of gutters from a reroofed house. The entire life story of Sheila and the parts that make her will be coming soon.
Working with reclaimed materials reminds the artists that each object has a story. It was formed by the earth, extracted, processed, made, transported, etc. Each object took a lot of care, effort, and magic to bring into existence. In our modern culture of industrial processes and disposability this process is often taken for granted. Honoring this story allows them to connect to the greater forces that make life possible.
They also hope to remind their audiences that things deemed as “trash” can be given new life with a bit of love and attention.
For the past six years, Joel Dean Stockdill, and his collaborating team, have been creating WildLife, a global series of large-scale sculptures. Each piece is inspired by native species and is created spontaneously from discarded waste material
found locally. The WildLife Project has birthed 28 very large beasts that span 4 continents throughout various public rural and private sites.
Joel is a self-taught sculptor with a passion for reimagining the potentials of our discarded materials through large-scale sculpture, installation art, and innovation.
Yustina Salnikova is a designer/sculptor with a vision to bring environmental awareness and social change through installation art and the transformation of public spaces. In 2016, the two joined forces and together they have created 10 animals out of recycled waste. Their largest and most recent collaboration was a life-size blue whale commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.