My sculptures are predominantly in steel, fabricated and forged. During the forging process, working with fire, my body, machinery and hand tools, I am entering a state similar to meditating. I have to be totally present in order to shape the material while it is hot, which requires instant action.
As well, I cannot afford to think about anything else, in order to not get burnt. Creating sculpture is a very grounding experience for me. I am able to express my emotions in a very direct and physical way.
My fabricated and forged pieces are an extension of each other, interpreting and expressing my thoughts and feelings through their own specific aesthetic. My pieces are abstract, exploring archaic forms, space/non-space relations, and the use of colour.
Surface treatment of my sculptures: painted (epoxy primer with polyurethane top coat, sprayed), natural patina or oiled. My large pieces come with a custom base with the options of getting anchored to a cement pad or totally free standing.
The art of collaboration requires a curious nature, a strong sense of experimentalism and an abundance of trust. To find a kindred spirit, especially in the art world, which can often be quite isolating, creates a unique opportunity for openness, artistic development and inspiration.
New Metal Sculptural Works July 19th to August 24th, 2014 Stefan Duerst is a creator whose mind, body, spirit and sculptural works can all be viewed through the concept of Liquid Steel. There is fluidity and strength aplenty. Stefan’s metal works are suitable for indoor or outdoor display. Some are free standing; some hang on […]