Saturday, May 11, 2013

obsessive chasing desire

...the process in which the metal artist yields to their need to strike one piece of metal, with carefully shaped tools, for a very long time. Chasing is like drawing but usually in 3D—creating lines and relief to sculpt an image into a metal surface.

My Obsessive Chasing Desire isn’t a problem. More likely, it’s a functional necessity since I have elected to learn to chase, to really learn to chase, to work at the level of artists that I admire from history, and in the present…

Sample “Iris” study, drawn and chased on a sheet of flat 18 gauge copper, 
3.25 x 3 inches, 2013.

It was with some trepidation that I approached multi-media artist and mega-chaser Jeff de Boer, hoping for mentorship on this journey.