Lately I have felt the need to reconnect with less traditional techniques, and to be a little bit more spontaneous. For this particular project, I wanted to riff on a few abstract shapes and create three-dimensional forms based on them. Copper was the perfect candidate. My point of departure was the Abstract Expressionists, and their direct and immediate approach to painting. Using corrugation and fold forming, techniques that are fairly quick and hands-on, I was able to shape the metal rapidly, in a gestural and energetic manner. These brooches are a sample of a series of impromptu sketches or studies in metal, in the spirit of Jackson Pollock, with a nod to Barnett Newman and his “zip” paintings.
From artist’s statement – “Attachments” exhibition, April 2015, at Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver, BC.