“TEDxNavesink’s focus combines many of my life-long passions: the shore, the community and our environment, and art. I am delighted to be able to share some of my Composite Memory Artwork™ with this luminary group.”
Wildeman, a carpenter by trade, works with a variety of materials: building debris, metal findings and furniture parts. His choice of reclaimed items is deliberate. He believes it is our social responsibility to repurpose and recycle. But also, the previous history of the items gives him an intimate connection to his art.
Roddy was compelled to expand his Composite Memory Artwork™ to memorialize so many of the boardwalks and homes that were lost in New Jersey using wood from the disaster, following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Many of his pieces now hang in prominent locations around the tri-state area as a permanent memory of the storm, of homes and lives lost, and of hope for the future.
He is starting to consult with local governments and communities that want to tell their stories and preserve their history through reclaimed artwork.