Process

Process

Most of the sheet metal I use in my work I got at a scrap yard in Siler City.  These discarded sheets are often graced with amazingly random and beautiful rust patinas that create visual and physical texture.  This unpredicability, this happenstance, this irregularity is what inspires my work.  In most metal shops, designs are cut out of metal using CNC routers or water jets run by a computer program.  Unlike these heavily mechanized, strictly controlled cutting processes, the handheld plasma cutter allows the artist’s hand to react to the imagery as it develops. You can draw a design onto the metal with chalk, but when you go to cut it out there are always wavers, last minute ideas, and falters that create unpredictable shapes and imagery.  These irregularities and imperfections capture the gestural quality of drawing and provide a sense of visual freedom. 

Time lapse video of plasma cutting "Spring" at night. Video by: Andrew Synowiez -- http://synster.com/