Garland Martin Taylor
My sculptures are diatribes to disorder and confusion; short stories that illuminate the evidence of my labor; my struggle to create logic, balance, and harmony out of the tiny pieces of steel discards from railroad maintenance crews, the construction trades, and the manufacturing industry. I repurpose the scrap into cast-welded, shaped steel finished with electrostatic glazes. My work is informed by the characteristics of people, and design in nature. I respond with misleadingly figurative, deceptively abstract art that is unabashedly labor intensive. I strike a balance between skill and spontaneity. Working this way allows me to suspend in solidity molten steel’s characteristic liquidity.