The melter uses an air hose to inject pure oxygen into the arc furnace, causing a bright burst of flame as the carbon and other impurities burn off. To the side are shovels already loaded with additives ready to be added to the molten metal if needed. The heat takes about an hour before it is ready to be tapped. I watched this process several times, making sketches and taking reference photos, then did the painting in my studio. I love those warm (no, hot!) colors, and the little touch of cool with the melters greens (fire retardant clothing.)
My art reflects my interest in Western Pennsylvania and its neighborhoods, land and industry, both past and present.
The portfolio represented in my 2011 solo show When the Sky Rained Fire consists of contemporary art quilts inspired by the paintings by artists in the heyday of steelmaking in Western PA. As time pushes the smoke-filled sky into distant memory, some nostalgia has crept into our collective consciousness. The fiber pieces including antique lace representing smoke thus speak of current perceptions as well as bring to mind the past.
My current portfolio, Fabric, Found Objects and 10,000 Steps a Day, reflects my habit of walking 10,000 steps a day and taking note of my surroundings. I take photos of the fleeting gems of...
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