This project was an extension of the clay sculpture project where we were challenged to create the same form out of rigid metal instead of flexible clay. I was able to learn how to arc weld metal together and use an angle grinder to round off and shape the welded points.
The transformation of my clay form into metal seemed to add a whole new sterile personality to the piece. The form moved from a plant like creation to a stable, less organic form that seemed to resemble some type of space craft with its sharp, geometric angles. I was also able to pose the finished form in many different positions. By placing the metal form on its side, I presented the viewer with a more dynamic view, suggesting energy and movement.
2004 – Polished Metal. This is a frontal view of the very shiny metal version of my clay form. The strong sense of geometry, in conjunction with the metal medium, transforms the form into something modern, as opposed to the simple clay form.
2004 – Polished Metal. From the right side of the sculpture you can begin to see that the back of the piece has the same structural balance as the front.
2004 – Polished Metal. Here is a low angle shot of the frontal three quarter view on the left side of the structure. You can see how the multiple reflective surfaces can cast multiple images across the form giving it an industrial quality.
2004 – Polished Metal. The rigid nature of steel allows the form to be displayed in several positions. By turning the form on its side and flipping it over we can see a different effect the form has on the surrounding space.
2004 – Polished Metal. This has to be one of my favorite views of the metal piece. The multiple layered metal surfaces create a fun house mirror effect on the underside of the work and the dynamic pose suggests an airborne vessel from the acute angles.