contradiction often makes for interesting art. artist Cal Lane states, “I like to work as a visual devil’s advocate, using contradiction as a vehicle for finding my way to an empathetic image, an image of opposition that creates a balance – as well as a clash – by comparing and contrasting ideas and materials.”
instead of welding materials together, she takes away materials. using dumpsters, shovels, and wheelbarrows as the main focus of this project, in which she cuts out delicate, lace-like designs. these objects, normally associated with male professions, are now made feminine…kind of like the Mr. Kate hardware inspired jewelry pieces!
i love the way she uses a rusted-look on all her metal pieces. not only does it make her collection cohesive, but makes her work distinctive.
she makes the patterns and designs by using a blow torch to slowly melt and burn away parts of the steel. these complicated and intricate designs must take a great deal of time and precision but Cal seems to have her technique down pretty well!
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