ARTIST STATEMENT

Metal heated in the forge and hammered, or cold-formed under pressure, assumes plasticity that can be manipulated to mimic qualities of growth, movement, and stability. Inspired by my direct experience with botanical, aquatic and atmospheric phenomena, I have developed a visual vocabulary with which I explore through metal the natural world in relation to the body and to architecture.

Two decades of forging experience informs my sculptural aesthetics, which are grounded in the processes of handforging and coldforming iron and bronze. When designing public art work, I take into consideration the surrounding geography, architecture, use, and history of the location to produce a design that is memorable and appropriate to the site. Transcending conventional boundaries between traditional blacksmithing and contemporary monumental sculpture intensifies my standards and practices. My large work has the same level of finesse and refinement as my small work. For larger pieces, I make the maquettes at the anvil. All steps are meticulously documented and then repeated at full scale with larger tooling. I gain knowledge moving from human scale work to monumental work and back again. Forging merges with engineering concepts and methods of structural steel construction, resulting in shapes that make use of the best qualities of the material: flexibility and strength. This incorporative method honors both the historic traditions and contemporary uses of iron and bronze.


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