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Following the completion of my undergraduate work I spent I five years handcrafting jewelry, using the lost wax casting technique. My interest in sculpture resulted from the' dissatisfaction of working on a small scale. Because of the desire to work directly with metal, I chose to shape and weld steel rather than to cast forms that were originally created in some other material. Most of my early sculptures were abstractions of the female figure. Surfaces either were left unfinished or partially sanded, leaving the welded texture as an integral part of the finished piece. After using this approach for some time, I came to feel that figurative references were I restrictive, which I eventually eliminated, until shapes became quite geometric and the surfaces refined. Wilhelm Worringer suggests man's tendency to abstraction in art,"is the result of a great inner conflict between man and his surroundings." (See more in text)

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