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     My early career experience taught me a great deal about the manipulation and character of steel. I worked in heavy industrial settings, including a shipyard and construction before becoming a teacher. An artist at heart, I dabbled in wood carving, but it took years to realize that true self-expression lay at my feet…literally.

      I use sculpture to remake and revitalize the image  one sees. My work is about creating tangible reminders of hope, new identity and revitalization. Utilizing industrial steel components, I transform them into what I hope are provocative as well as desirable works of art. My goal is to create sculpture whose components are unrecognizable in their new form.

  My sculpture  are icons of the transformation and revitalization that is possible inside all of us- as individuals, partners and as a community. 

 

Michael Gene

Russell

metal artist