“I mostly work incremental: the sculpture is growing and getting it's shape during the proces.
My inspiration is based on the pieces of steel itself, the way it previously shaped, or the serendipity of a glance on the material.
Once I saw a couple of steel sheets topped on each other. It reminded me of the ice floes around an ice hole I sometimes see when skating. One day it's going to be a sculpture of a skater climbing out of an ice hole.
On the other hand: my work sometimes is more pragmatic: when I need a table in my garden, I design en weld one myself."
What is typical of your work?
“I'm trying to expose the contrast between the hardness of the steel and the softness of figurative sculpture.
I'm freezing movement into steel.
This movements gives my sculptures some lightness.
When casting bronze sculptures I once again try to catch the contrast between the soft natural materials I'm casting and the combined man-made materials.
I'm striving to use relatively simple materials and means, to create new objects.
Steel and bronze are my thing."
Steel is sawn, cut, welded and polished.
Parts of the sculptures are sand blasted.
The sculptures are partially coated, thus keeping their steel color. The other parts of the sculpture are non-coated and will oxide / rust. Giving it a nice warm brown/red color.
The Making of
A steel sculpture
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© Wichert van Engelen, 2017