No one sculptural medium is better than another. Each serves as a catalyst, treasure-box, or secret code, waiting for me.
My involvement is like a chemical chain reaction, revealing the indigenous contents, and translating a nonsense code into meaningful 3-D themes. The additive process of working with fabricated steel contrasts greatly with the subtractive process of carving stone.
Steel is often perceived as cold, unforgiving and impartial. Such negative responses from the lay public show a lack of understanding of metals’ intrinsic beauty. For me steel embodies challenge, charisma, and reward. Steel is an austere, but mystical material, transformable through sheer patience and an understanding of its durable essence. Unique monumental forms are achievable through diligently working steel. Its nuances of color and texture due to naturally occurring oxidation may remind the newcomer of vintage wines and old masters paintings.
Many variables affect the design and construction of fabricated steel sculptures including site specificity, safety issues, zoning restrictions, soil stabilization, inclement weather, flooding, ecological concerns and other hazards. Public rules and regulations must be adhered to.
Working fabricated steel into high art is not for the weak. You must adopt a professional code of ethics and protect life and property!
Commissions from public agencies are often the only source of funding for these projects. This medium yields monumental sculptures that not only enhance a space but also transform the use of a location while enlightening the public. High art is meant to elicit a meaningful response; this is what I strive for in my sculpture.