Untitled Metal Sculpture I

  • Rationale
    How do materials produce specific forms? Is there a dialogue between the maker and his tool? 

    This project investigated these ideas. The first step of the process was the creation of twenty-five flat metal shapes. The shapes and the relationship they had with the tool creating them was contemplated, and more shapes were produced and refined. The shapes were then bent, rolled and hammered into three-dimensional modules. The end result was a simple arc-like piece. The piece was refined and fit together with others of its kind. Copper welding rods were bent as connectors and different forms were experimented with. 

    The end result is a sculptural form that is heavily influenced by the rolling, hammering and bending methods used to make it. Rather than force a material into a shape it does not naturally adopt, this piece reflects the material's tensile, malleable traits.