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Pierre Riche - Metal Sculpture Artist
Welcome to my art world. My name is Pierre Riche and i'd like to share with you my art. I am constantly working to make my sculpture forms more dynamic and evocative. What inspires me is to capture the vitality, movement and essence of my subject mater. I try to represent it sculpturaly with grace and elegance while using hard industrial metal shapes. I choose to sculpt with welded scrap metals because It allows a direct expression to enter the work or art. The results don’t lie. if you don’t have control over the medium it is obvious. when working with metal fabrication tools to produce fine art sculpture it demands allot of energy, focus, Knowledge of how to handle the tools and vision. Holding the vision is the most important part. The most rewarding thing for me about making art with welded metals is having a vision of something and following it through to completion. My hope is to create something different, meaningful, exciting and inspiring. Each piece of sculpture finished marks challenges overcome and with every new inspired idea comes more challenges to conquer . The greatest satisfaction of this process lies in the un-calculated moment of fluid artistry when the self becomes one with the art and the artwork sort of makes itself. I guess an athlete would consider that being in the zone.
Description of my work- The material i sculpt with is recycled metals. Sometimes referred to as up-cycled, the metal i use has served its function in the practical/ functional world and has been discarded as no longer useful or desired. Most of these metals have become rusty and unusable for its intended purpose but make for an excellent sculpture medium. As a clay sculptor uses clay to define their form, I use discarded metals in the same way. Only my technique and tools are different. Where a clay artist uses a wooden knife or their fingers to separate their clay and apply it, I use a cutting torch, metal cutting saws, abrasive grinding wheels, welding torches and welders to cut and join the metals together. Further forming of the desired sculpture form is attained by torch heating, hammering, grinding and polishing. this process is traditionally referred to as direct metal sculpting.