There be MORE dragons here!

One might wonder why I am creating dragon sculptures that are definitely influenced by traditional Chinese art, since my ancestry is clearly European. To that I feel compelled to reply a number of ways. First, our world has grown so flat, if you will allow me to say that, that cultures are intermingling in unprecedented ways. Second, Chinese culture and sensibilities are increasingly important in our changing world. Third, Chinese dragons traditionally brought spring and summer rains and storms, with all their power, both benevolent and destructive. Since we are living in a time of unprecedented severe weather events, it is entirely appropriate, in my view, to include these icons of life and destruction in my growing body of work. Having said all the above, I hope you enjoy the images I have uploaded of my most recent metal work, which is still in progress.

1/16″ Sheet Steel cut with a plasma torch, bent by hand and MIG welded.

This sculpture was done entirely in a flat sheet of steel. Bending the sheet metal into a three dimensional form proved most satisfying, as I saw my own hands creating form and movement out of something flat and static. My remaining tasks are to decide on the form and placement of hind limbs, to decide whether or not those hind limbs will add to the dynamism of this piece, and finally, whether or not I need to grind and polish the welds away, creating a discrete, shining sculpture. I am not sure how I think about burnishing away the marks of my workmanship.

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