My artwork embraces the idea that our lives are entangled with things: we use them, abuse them, lose them, and throw them away. To my eye, that rough exposure to the world can add an unfakeable, unmistakable beauty to an object that is otherwise shiny and boring. Rust, scratches, and faded paint become markers for memories, reminders of what happened during a life lived. Through our interactions with them, some of our things become meaningful.
I work mostly in scrap metal, mostly in locally-discarded materials. Taking that debris – whether it’s something personal or something anonymous that I plucked from the curb – and using it to create something new gives me a chance to transform the slippery connection between the past and present into a tangible thing that I can handle and hold. For me, turning all of these worn out pieces into an object with new life adds energy to the past in the same way that an afterburner on a jet engine increases thrust by injecting fuel into the hot exhaust gasses. Cutting, shaping, and welding all of this stuff together is inefficient, but I know of no better way for me to make the past part of the present.
Finally, I often post photos of work in progress at the ZeroPointMechanic page on Facebook. Enjoy!