Cody Arnall

Cody Arnall, Oklahoma USA


Cody Arnall was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his B.F.A from Oklahoma State      University in 2007, and then moved to Baton Rouge Louisiana to become a  Master of Fine Art while studying at Louisiana State University. He graduated with an M.F.A concentrating in sculpture in 2010, after spending sometime in Houston, Texas he  took a job  in 2011 as the Art Technician  at Murray State University. He is a jack-­‐of-­‐all-­‐trades and his work proves expertise in numerous building and    fabrication techniques. Cody has shown his work in numerous venues  across the    South and Midwest, (USA).

Statement of work:

Zip ties were invented in 1958 to bundle together wires on airplanes. They are still used on airplanes today that travel faster than 500 miles per hour and fly at over 35,000 feet.

My work is definitely not concerned with airplanes or electrical wiring harnesses. However, the use of the zip tie has grown to include everything from attaching orange plastic mesh to wooden 2×4’s cast in buckets of concrete to act as a barrier surrounding a messy construction site, to holding dad’s rickety lawnmower bag from falling off of its frame. They are even used as handcuffs and studs on bicycle tires. The resourceful style of thinking that has turned something simple into much more than what it was originally intended for is what I am captivated by.


This, and the fact that there is always a way to force two or more unlikely materials together to create a functioning whole influence me to make what I do. Against odds of their chemical makeup, necessity, engineering, and science come together to create a glue, a screw, a nut and bolt, or a tie to affix: wood to metal, metal to concrete, plastic to paper, glass to plastic, rubber to nylon. That is how we build our lives and what our lives are built from.

In my work I choose to have a hand made quality, or “do-it-yourself-ness” that reflects the way civilizations often construct things, solve problems and fix things with what is readily available and cheap. I spend a lot of time in DIY stores walking, thinking, and gathering information. I am motivated by the idea that anyone can go into a Lowes or Home Depot and learn to become a weekend amateur anything; plumber, carpenter, roofer, floor installer, electrician, mason, or gardener.


I grew up around the ultimatehandyman way of life and let this guide many of the decisions I make in constructing my work. And although the zip tie may not be the finest “quick fix” solution for a technical problem that pops into a jack-of-all-trades head, nor is it always an aesthetically pleasing fastener for the typical creative maker, it is mine.