Primary Medium Metal
Description of Work Sculptures welded from recycled or found metals
Company/Business Eco-Art Creative Metal Recycling
Artist Statement I am a self-taught artist and welder creating sculptures from found metal objects. All of my pieces are of my own design and hand crafted one at a time. Since I am a self-taught welder I am not limited by the technical side of welding. By trial and error, I have devised my own methods to get unlike metals to stick together. This can lead to interesting aspects of a piece such as textures, and contrasts. I use different finishes on my pieces depending on the look I want to achieve. Some metals lend themselves to being left in a natural state or weathering in the elements. Others benefit from a clear coat to enhance the metals. Sometimes a more finished look is desired and I use paint techniques I have developed over the years. One goal I have is to keep the shape of the found objects recognizable within the piece. My inspirations for pieces I create come from the metals I work with. Some are farm implements and tools one step away from being bulldozed into a ditch. Some are kid's swing sets or trampolines that have been outgrown. Others are car parts found on the side of the road. Often times an object in a pile will catch my eye, triggering my imagination for a new piece. One goal I have is to keep the shape of the found objects recognizable within the piece. I work by myself to create my sculptures. My only help comes from my wife or our daughter. My wife suggests design concepts or helps when a piece stumps me. Our daughter has been around my work since she was ten. She has inspired designs and has helped me by painting pieces, often with colors she has made by blending paints.