I like the aesthetic of raw mild steel. I don’t like a perfectly finished sculpture, I tend to look for imperfections - and these features are what make it unique. I like the aesthetic of things that are used, worn and weathered - fingerprints, dents, scratches, old paint. In the car world they call it ‘patina’ and maybe it is as a result of this that I like this aesthetic. I source my raw sheets in advance and leave them to age - gather dust and gain surface rust.
There were a few times when I gave the sculptures a pigment [as was the case with ‘Ego’] but still, the steel shows from underneath. For this project, I wanted to experiment with new techniques. I wanted to apply the same pigments I was using in the painting counterparts - yes, in this project I have gone back to painting and I will tell you more about it in the future. I tried it out on a test piece and I am quite happy with the result.