A Metal Sculpture by Kathy Cunningham
This piece is welded with 1/8” mild steel rods. It is comprised of approximately 200 rods of varying length which required nearly 400 separate joins. The dimensions are 19” high x 34” wide x 18” deep.
Working in an intuitive fashion, the piece evolved without any preconceptions or drawings. This is typical of my approach, which allows my abstract thoughts to become tangible objects that can be shared with others. As I work, I allow my intuition and spirit be guided in the creation of each piece, watching for interest from every viewpoint, and following the mind’s eye as it wanders throughout myriad passageways. The process speaks to me, and only when it becomes visually apparent can it be considered finished.
The unique construction of this particular piece incorporates both jagged angles and gentle sweeps. There is both balance and tension of strength and delicacy. Its solid construction belies the impact made when the viewer is confronted with a top-heavy object.
Each view is different, and may appear to be a separate sculpture. From one angle, it resembles a star; from another vantage, one might envision the curl of a wave caught by an expert surfer. Walking around the piece gives a sense of fluid motion within, and brings the viewer into the experience. This invitation encourages each person to discover their own vision through interpretation.
There are several planes radiating from disjointed angles. Some of these come together, while others float separately, unaware of their connection to the whole.
Depending on the light source, shadows from different perspectives add to the volume and interest of the work, and this modifies the whole character as the lighting changes.