Barbed Wire Sculptures
Sculpting with barbed wire is a new and challenging medium for me. Instead of dealing with mass as I do in clay, I am dealing with abstract forms and negative spaces. As with bronze sculpture, barbed wire sculpture requires a keen knowledge of my subject's anatomy and behavior. My objective is to find a unique gesture, only common to that particular animal I am creating, by using simple curves and shapes.
In searching farm properties, I look for the the oldest, most rusted barbed wire I can find. Due to the brittle nature of barbed wire, I need to be careful when bending it as the margin of error is small. A sketch is always completed first to find the composition of the animal I am attempting to create. I find myself envisioning parts of an animal’s anatomy hidden in the piles of barbed wire. For example, in a tangled mess of wire, I discovered two segments that looked like fox ears - thus the inspiration for “Foxy”.
I hope that you will find these barbed wire sculptures as interesting and addicting as I do. Each completed piece is a one of a kind and is signed and dated. I am glad to discuss any of your ideas for commissions.