E. Spencer Schubert is sculptor who lives in Kansas City, Missouri and works in a studio in the Crossroads Arts and Design District. Schubert has studied and sculpted the figure across the entirety of his art career. His work uses the figure to explore the strengths, weaknesses, tragedies, successes and idiosyncrasies of people.
What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and the arts?
It’s a big pond that is a small pond. Someone once told me that Kansas City is the biggest small town. Here, anyone you can think of who is big in the arts in Kansas City, I could pick up the phone and have a conversation with them – which is completely unique to Kansas City.
When and where are you happiest?
With my wife and daughter, on a Sunday morning, maybe at the dog park when everything is either taken care of or forgotten about.
What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
My wife and family live on the West Side. Perhaps my favorite activity is just walking around the block with them. It’s the single most eclectic neighborhood in Kansas City and it’s filled with creative types.
What's your most treasured possession?
I’m not much of a possession guy. I do have a sculpture that I traded for. It’s a tiny Buddha and a local artist friend of mine who has kind of a “graffiti feel” covered the entire thing in graffiti. So in a fire if my wife, daughter, dogs and computer files were out of the house already, that’s what I’d grab.
Who's your favorite fictional hero?
The Gunslinger from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. He’s a man who belongs to a simpler time.
Who do you most admire in real-life?
Easiest would my artist heroes who are Rodin and Michelangelo. Not that I’d aspire to be like them in their personal lives but it would have been nice to live back then in a much simpler time for artists. And for them the figure was the focus.