Aesthetic moments created by the interaction of human beings everyday become more exciting and valuable when a simple shape takes the viewer to another place, time, or state of mind. I am interested in engaging simplified shapes in order to generate a heightened experience of movement and an acute sense of belonging within time and space. Through the use of tungsten inner gas (TIG) welding, I translated geometric forms of steel into sculptures. The eye follows lines that evoke a sense of balance in motion and boundaries. Investigation of geometric lines as a mapping element reflects memories and relationships that I have experienced within my past and present. Important sources for my work include: incisions of fully developed painted pottery, geometric ornaments found in the oldest manuscript book from the First Bulgarian Kingdom (680-1018), the reflection of the sun off surfaces in the early morning, or the feeling of the land around us which suggest the linear qualities of continuous balance between human beings and experience. The reflective and textural aspects of the surface of my work are applied to provide a mirror and collect relationships within the surrounding environment that repeat continuously around the forms. Color choices are based on memories associated with personal relationships throughout my life and they are used to intensify an area of interest. I believe that structural boundaries that are expressive in visual harmony create a relationship and a dialog between the viewer, object, and maker.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Metal sculpture--Technique; Space and time in art

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Caballero-Perez, Juan Carlos

Advisor/Committee Member

Sheffield, Clarence Jr


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