Sculpture No.639_ Torn
14″h x 8″, was made from metal found at the bottom of a paper sludge agitator or libecek ( sorry but I could not find the definition nor check the spelling as it is specific to the paper plant word?).
This work intends to further the “Workmen Series” because of where and how the metal was obtained.
The metal was found at the bottom of an agitator bin for the paper company called Finch, in Glens Falls NY.
I have been hearing stories of people that work at that paper mill and events that surround maintaining a paper mill.
The found metal to me had an obvious character. The metal from the moments I met them had an obvious plan for how each piece would be arranged, I then welded them together.
I furthered the process by trying to convey or expose the rest of the story, through the pictures in a play with space and place.
The sculpture is photographed with Finch Paper in Glens Falls NY, as the background in an interplay of object, place, and space to further the visual conversation through the photography.
It was important to me for the gray day and smoke to play in man and the machine type of way.
The funny thing is when clients, stopped in the studio and saw the sculpture they assumed them to be characters in a dace leaving me to be apprehensive to say what I am seeing or feeling while in the process. As I always say everyone brings there own history and ideas with them in translating the work! But Yes I see what they mean.
This is not the end of this work because the photographs were shot over a week and I feel there is more to flesh out -so I don’t think this is the final photographs.