Stefan Duerst

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.

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