My romance with metal has its genesis in Intaglio printmaking. I was more drawn to the physicality of the zinc plates than I was to the prints they created. I began pop riveting used printing plates together forming sculptural objects. The limitations of the plates led me to search for other types of metal that would provide me with greater flexibility. Scrap metal was the answer, offering me creative choices in surface texture, color, and form.
Each piece of scrap metal with its individual character provides me with vast potential when assembling and designing my sculptures. The history of found metal is revealed in its torn disintegrating edges, pitted surfaces, natural patinas, and play of the elements. Remnant shapes and surfaces bring another layer of content to my work, a synthesis of my vision and the inherent personality of the found
The process entails carving out our shapes with a plasma cutter (an electric torch), then welding these pieces together. Sometimes, I add acid to further enhance the rusting process. I then add color by the layering of inks and spraying acrylic enamels. The fine-tuning comes with Stabillo pencils. I seal each piece with a clear acrylic coating to keep it in an arrested state of decay and to preserve the color. Most decision making comes from preconceived ideas, yet I take advantage of a degree of unpredictability in the process, which I find rewarding and meaningful as an artist.
To Jan Bush, who's contagious enthusiasm and bottomless support continue to make my passion and drive for my art possible through his generosity. Thank you for all the years of being on the road selling art, we keep the touch burning.
This website is dedicated to the late Enrico Giovanni Piazza, who’s spirit and support continues to dwell in the inspiration and execution of the work present and in the future. He is missed.