FLUID EXPRESSIONS IN METAL
I am fascinated by the qualities of light, color and reflection that are possible in metal and the sense
of preciousness and celebration these surfaces impart. Forming and forging the metal are my preferred
ways of working as these methods best allow me to make the fluid lines I prefer.
There is great satisfaction in producing a flowing graceful form from a hard flat sheet of metal
or a stiff straight piece of wire. More recently I have been embellishing the surfaces by carving.
This gives a rich complex pattern which is pleasing to the touch as well as to the eye.
My inspiration is from nature: the curve of a branch, the crest of a breaking wave or the texture of stone.
For me the line is everything - whether it is created by light reflecting from the curve of a polished surface,
the edge of a form or the contrast of the intersection of two surfaces,
it must be able to generate a sense of excitement and energy for the piece to work for me.
There are three
activities I love: sailing, dancing, and creating in metal and all of these
The forms of sails and waves show up in my designs and when I move on the dance floor
I have been told that my dancing looks like my work. I like the idea that our creations come from our inner self,
and how we express them is only a matter of choice, the message remains the same.
There are two
ways in which I hope my work will speak to people.
The first is the expression of beauty and the way in which beauty can uplift the human spirit.
The second comes from my study of Buddhism and my strong wish to create work which will give
an aura of peace as an antidote to the troubled times we are living in.
I am pursuing this through my most recent pieces which are Miniature Zen Gardens
and are intended to function as objects for meditation.
I feel a strong sense of commitment to this direction.
This to me is the gift we as artists have to give.
To see a video
of Betty Helen talking about her work and demonstrating the forming process
BETTY HELEN LONGHI