I’m always looking for new patterns, interesting stones, weird textures to use in my work. I love the feel of smoothly sanded metal (I’ve been known to rub it against my cheek like a baby blanket), but I rarely use it. I want my pieces to have a visual texture, a roughness, something to catch the eye. That’s why I like fold forming – creating deep creases and clefts, hard lines and flowing edges. I like my work to have a depth, a structure to it.
What sort of textures are you drawn to? The rough feel of sand, the smoothness of river stones, the glassiness of ice? What do my textures remind you of? I had another artist at a show tell me my pieces had an earthy industrial sense to them. I always liked that description. That was the juxtaposition I used in photographs when I was in school. Rusting steel found in the middle of nature. That rough crumbly sense of rust is something that I’m drawn to and influences some of the textures in my pieces.
My work wasn’t always that way. I have a number of pieces that I made while in school that had flat, smooth planes. Slowly I began to work the textures in. Now I can’t seem to stay away from them!