People tend to ask artists why they make the art they do, or what
they were feeling at the time. I have a hard time with this question
because, to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t really intend to say
anything with my work. However, the flower pieces are very much
like me. I look at my steel flowers and I see a tough exterior of strong
metal, but in the same glance, I also see a soft flower. I feel that I
possess both of those traits. I believe that I am a woman who is overly
strong and aggressive, but really I am also as feminine as a flower.
When I start a piece, I don’t draw what I intend the piece to look
like. I don’t map out what course of action I am going to take with my
piece. In fact, I don’t even know when my piece will be done until I feel
that it is ready. I guess I let the metal decide for me. I never argue with
the steel if it wants to bend a certain direction when I intended it to go
the other way. The process of making a piece is as much of an art-form
as the finished product.
I prefer thin, 20-gauge steel. I like using this gauge because it is
easier to manipulate and bend. I love the feeling of taking something as
strong and as solid as steel and bending it into an organic shape, like a
flower. I spray paint the steel before cutting into it, causing a wonderful
burnt edge on the metal, and a horrible smell in the back room!
I don’t know why I decided on welding as my concentration, I am
just very glad that I did. I cannot imagine having a better mentor than
Don Osborn. He has a great talent for listening to a person’s ideas and
giving advice that turns that small idea into a great piece. I love the
relaxed feeling I get when I am welding. Yes, I realize that sounds odd! I
also love the excitement I get when I finish a piece that I really enjoy.
Twisted Tree, 24" x 32", steel
|Select a thumbnail image to view an artwork.||
|105||Twisted Tree||42” x 36” x 36”||steel|
|106||Untitled||54” x 29” x 3 ½”||steel|
|107||Traitre Delicate||72” x 72” x 72”||steel|
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