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    Wilson, combines a variety of metals and methods in his work. A single piece often includes steel, cast iron, stainless steel and even found metal elements, and may be produced by an amalgamation of welding, forging, and casting. For Wilson, sculpture is about image-making, and the artist is a master of creating iconic works which resonate with eaning. Wilson's marriage of political content with potent-and poetic-imagery recalls in purpose, if not style, such sculptors as Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Luis Jimenez, Kiki Smith, and Paul McCarthy. (Catherine D. Anspon, "Ed Wilson, the Last Ten Years" at ArtScan Gallery,  Artlies, Summer 2000, p. 75)

    The Houston sculptor wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to content Great Northern Train Ride presents a 9-foot-t.an tree trunk in the process of being sliced by a saw that wends its way upward, morphing into a train at the top. Coupled with King of the Forest, a huge, magnificent trophy head of an elk cast in iron and mounted on a wall plaque made from circular-saw blades, the works show the environmental issues that prey on the artist's mind eloquently and unmistakably. Child's Play is a chilling work - a tricycle with a modified Japanese infantry rifle, World War II-vintage, welded to But there is also the hope of X-Caliber - a cast-iron Uzi buried muzzle-first in a stone. Obvious as they may seem, these finely crafted pieces are as memorable as they are provocative. (Patrcia Johnson “Emotion, hidden issues come forward in shows”, The Houston Chronicle, Sec. D, June 6, 2000, p. 6.)