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Freed from the constraints of function, Christopher forges
and composes sculpture in a state of abandon.


 

I pull long pieces of dripping hot steel from the fire and hammer them to shape under large power hammers in the moments before they cool or before the next piece overheats. The immediacy, physicality, primal force, rhythm and repetition induce the mindless totally aware state from which I create. In magic moments all I know and care about flow through me un-translated to conscious thought. Mine is craft-informed direct metal sculpture with an improvisational overtone. The inspiration flows from and is inextricably linked to the forging process but is often outside the traditions of the craft. Forging forms without pre-conceived ideas of how they will fit into the final composition keeps the work fresh.

 

The magic moments I describe are elusive. They come from long hours over a lifetime of work at the craft but also from remaining open to life's other inspirations. I studied flute improvisation as a music major in college and still play often while the forge is heating up or on my many solo hiking and kayaking trips in the canyons of the southwest. I am obsessed with compass and straight-edge sacred geometry. Those who follow my work are struck by the musical, geologic and geometric influences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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