Broken Circles Sculpture
Using individual shapes combined in positive and negative space, I have produced a unified circle that at first glance appears incomplete. This work is a metaphor of the renewal of our society. The sculpture series is comprised of various metal scraps that have been cast away after their initial use. These elements include automobile parts, parts from industrial machinery, and junkyard scraps. The pieces in the sculpture series are a statement of our society’s decent into a disposable culture. We have broken the cycle of American pride into a throwaway society of wastefulness and urban sprawl. Through the sculpture series I am trying to express our need to rethink our relationship to our possessions.
In the United States there are more of us who throw things away than there are people who save. We live in an age where everything gets thrown away. How is it that we came to dispose so readily of objects that are useful and valuable? It used to be when that we bought something and it broke, we repaired it. Society is now consuming and disposing at a rate that would make our forefathers' heads spin. In this constant cycle of consuming, disposing, and replacing that has become the norm, many have lost touch with what it means to appreciate and care for possessions in their lives. My art is meant to recognize this problem and help us reconsider our behavior.
Since the beginning of time artists have had an intimate relationship with materials. This linking has been especially true during the twentieth century and has continued into the twenty-first century as the advent of new technologies impact our lives. As an artist I have a great interest in the materials we are confronted with as part of our daily lives. These everyday materials, taken for granted, that seem ordinary or even mundane suddenly become very precious and exciting when used in a different context. I have approached the creation of the Broken Circles’ sculpture series from a lens that is an on-going exploration to develop ideas and observations which can be brought to fruition in visual statements on the economic and social state of our society.
The materials I use produce calculated visual and tactile effects. They focus on the properties of materials and textures that have been untreated and exposed to the elements. To help stress the message of renewal I have taken the rusted objects and refinished them with various heat-treated chemical finishes to produce juxtaposition between decay and beauty. This process in turn stresses the concept