This work is an embodiment of the tranquility I find in interlacing the natural forms and patterns of the wilderness with the industrialism of steel. My artistic vision is inspired by nature, I wish not to replicate those forms and patterns but to draw from them - imbue them with the strength and workability of metal and transform them into immortalized works of art. I use mild steel and a “bluing” process. While some people use chemicals to achieve color I use an oxygen-acetylene torch. My wish is for the viewer to feel a connection to the forms of nature imbued in this work, and access the peace and tranquility I felt while crafting them.
Alexis is a multi-talented artist, she is skilled at fabricating sculptures, two-dimensional works and jewelry. Alexis uses many different methods to create her art; her metal work features a “bluing” technique and her jewelry collection involves intricate wire wrapping. While her techniques may vary, she has always drawn inspiration from the wilderness, where she finds artistic muses in the purity of the forms and patterns of nature.
Alexis’ career has spanned from Humboldt County - where she mastered her welding techniques at the College of the Redwoods - to El Dorado County, where her work can currently be found at: The Gold Country Artists Gallery, The Good Earth Movement, and Panic and Swoon. Alexis also participated in Humboldt’s “Art’s Alive” events, and previously sold her work at Huate Hoarder, Humboldt Handicrafts and The Philosophers Stone. She had an extended showing at a U.S. Bank for which she was interviewed about on K.W.T.P “The Point’s” with Chuck Rogers.
I begin by either visualizing a finished piece or quieting my mind and letting creativity flow. First I use a plasma torch and cut desired shapes, then I sand everything and if the work is 3-D I bend, beat and form. Next is putting it together where I use M.I.G. welding process. I use an oxygen-acetylene torch to brush over the steel, a few seconds after the intense heat is applied color will appear. Lastly I apply a few coats enamel to protect the pieces from rusting.