June Edwards


Bridge
(53k GIF image)


Structure 3
(73k GIF image)


Ground Support
(53k GIF image)


Tower
(53k GIF image)


Support
(53k GIF image)


Tower Structure
(53k GIF image)


Structured Images

Artist Statement

My current work is an exploration of abandoned industrial architecture. The hulking, rusted forms of a decaying steel mill near Pittsburgh initially attracted my attention because they were so visually interesting. This subject contains all of the elements of the language of art. I am primarily concerned with manipulating the shapes, textures and color to create dynamic statements: the original functions of my subject are obscured. I combine parts of many images into intricate and sometimes dimensional arrangements.

As an artist, my intention is to create visually compelling collage compositions, but I also want to acknowledge the labor-intensive phase of a once vibrant and powerful industry. The expressive potential became apparent while I cut and manipulated images of the massive forms into mixed media arrangements. The buildings and structures have long lost their vitality, but I can imagine the energy that was once there - the human effort required to build and operate these abandoned industrial places. My artwork is a tribute to what is left of old technology and function.

E-Mail: june.edwards@sru.edu


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