ARTISTS' COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY
I have always had a creative drive, and have spent years delving into a variety of art forms. However, it was after taking a two day metal workshop ten years ago, that I realized metal was to be my creative medium. Since that time I have been honing my skills and stretching my creative ability working with metal. That two day workshop, plus guidance from my husband on using power tools safely, has been my only formal training in metal sculpture.
I describe my creations as uncommon, contemporary, interpretive designs, handcrafted from new and reclaimed metals. Often I use a combination of metals including copper, brass, and tin, as well as incorporating wood and fiber into my designs. I particularly like to use reclaimed metals not only for their ecological value, but also for the natural patinas that result from being weathered.
Recently I have created a new line of wire, woven jewelry. My designs are mini sculptures, incorporating the same uniqueness as my larger scale sculptures. I combine mixed metal wire in copper, brass, and silver and often include a featured gemstone, making the design a “one of a kind” piece of jewelry.
In addition to my materials themselves, I find inspiration all around me. I am an avid gardener so the colors and shapes of flowers and plants have always caught my attention. The movement of a flowing stream, the crashing and colors of the ocean, the sky at dawn and sunset all have an impact on me and therefore transfer to my art.
Sandy Chucnin Webb