Ideas behind “Cast Shadows”:

1. The process of casting iron is a fleeting event that leaves residue in different ways. Works submitted address this phenomenon in various way.
2. Artists who utilize cast iron produce “permanent” products in iron not only as work unto itself, but also as document to the event.

3. Iron casting process is connected to a long history of metal art, industry, and human history. Cast iron artworks are in a sense living in the shadows cast by this rich past. As well, contemporary artists are casting their own shadows onto those around and into the future.

4. There is a digital relationship between the curators from Illinois and North Carolina. There is a line like a cast shadow from a sundial that goes back and forth between Denton and Akagawa, two gnomon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Abigail Heuss


Untitled Wall Collage
Cast Iron, Steel, Wallpaper, Silver, Copper. 13.5” x 13.5” x .5”
Untitled Wall Collage
Steel, Lace, Cast Iron, Copper, Thread, 3.5” x 7.5” x 1”
The pieces I am submitting contain elements created during the 2009 Halloween Iron Pour at ECU. My work is about memory and sentiment. Memories are rooted in a specific place and time.  All of these pieces include found objects and collected materials that reference places specific to my own history and memories of family. I am interested in how memories and stories grow and change over time to suit our ideas of self and how we fit in the framework of the culture and history around us. It is my intent that the cast iron elements in these pieces will in time rust, changing the more fragile materials they frame, leaving the physical mark of their history behind. In doing so they will alter their own surroundings, much as we leave marks of our lives on the structures and people around us.

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