metal sculpture is created from pieces I find beside the
road, at the local landfill, or given to me by others. I
use a barn made safe from the inherent dangers of welding
and out of the way enough that I can amass metal scrap
without creating an eyesore. My desire to learn to weld
was born of seeing that so much metal was destined for the
landfill when they no longer served their original
purpose. I suppose I wanted to rescue them.
studio-barn holds an accumulation of these “found” pieces,
spread out so I can pick what I want as I create a
sculpture. The shape of these pieces will often suggest
what it is meant to become, while other times I start out
with an idea and then find the pieces that satisfy the
intent. In this way, creating a piece becomes an interplay
between my mental images and the scrap pile.
I use a
MIG welder (HOBART 250 v), an acetylene-oxygen torch, and
a plasma cutter. The cutter heats the steel to the melting
point and then blows away the slag, creating shapes of
whatever design I desire.
Many of my
sculptures are whimsical animals, ranging from owls and
giraffes to creatures I can’t even identify. Others are
serious and abstract representations.
forming, sculptures are left rusty, sandblasted to the
original steel finish, or painted. All are designed for
either indoor or outdoor display.