I utilize the industrial processes of machining, stamping, anodizing, and powder coating to create one of a kind functional objects. Having worked in an industrial setting, I observed machinists who are highly capable in their field, but unable to appreciate the artistic value of their methods and techniques. My interest in machines and tools and the influence of my working class upbringing is a source of inspiration.
The practicality of creating something functional was infused into me as my father and I built tools to help complete specific tasks. Often the tools we fabricated became more important than the actual project. The need for tools and their usefulness grew out of instinct. This instinct is the basis of humankind; the tradition of tool making is what shaped metalsmithing’s history.
My work investigates one of a kind objects and their role in a world based on mechanical reproduction. Industry has removed the aura from objects and stripped them of their individuality. My pizza cutters seek to demolish the sterile conformity of mass produced objects and represent the stylistic and flamboyant embellishment of groups who live on the fringe of popular culture. The outlaw biker image is a break from the conformity that has taken over America since industrialization. My machined pizza cutters draw inspiration from chopper motorcycles and attempt to reclaim the mythology and economic usefulness of the American worker as patriarch; translating machine or functional object into flesh and blood. The outlaw as defiant nonconformist, as well as social outcast, parallels being an artist who makes functional objects and being an individual who takes pride in the power of invention and skill.
The complete series one pizza cutters were purchased by knife collector Michael Talanian.