Abstract Woman with Factory Air

The unique shape of this piece inspired the name. I like to work with stainless steel. It’s a metal I’m very familiar with. To start, I usually make a small scale model then I use an enlarger to make paper patterns. Next I transfer the patterns to sheet metal then cut the sheet metal out using a plasma cutter. Lastly, I grind the edges to get the slag off so they can be welded together, weld it up, and figure out the kind of finish I want. Sometimes l like a body buffer finish to catch as much light reflection as possible. Other times I like a smooth satin finish. All edges are ground smooth, no sharp edges.

Abstract Woman with Factory Air was a part of St. Joseph Sculpture Walk in St. Joseph, MO from 2020-2021. It was a part of Sculpture Walk Springfield’s first collection in Springfield, MO from April 2016 to February 2017.