“I was born and raised in Rossland and instead of becoming a pro-athlete like most kids born in such a ski town, I pretty quickly realized I wanted to pursue the arts. Growing up I dabbled in any form of art I could get my hands on; I sewed, painted, and sculpted my way through childhood and high school. During the final year of my secondary education I took metalshop, and while all the boys were fiddling with their cars and smoking under the fume hoods I almost succeeded at making a steel gauntlet. Realizing I wasn’t quite ready to leave the Kootenays, I looked around at schools and the blacksmithing program at Selkirk College caught my eye. After many blisters, burns and calluses, I can say with confidence that this might just be my favourite medium.
I have always been fascinated by two things: death and dinner. These are among the greatest questions humanity ponders; what happens when I die, and what am I having for dinner? In my sculptural pieces I explore the fragility of life. I analyze the predator and prey dichotomy, as well as our visceral reaction to the more grotesque physical aspects of death and decay. Through steel that is salvaged from locations that are in a way dead, I beat life back into the material in the form of sculpture, as well as cookware such as knives and pans. Functional art that will last forever drew me towards metal in the first place. There is something satisfying about making food on something homemade that you know will last your lifetime.”
Photos by David Gluns