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Stainless steel door hangers, welded, various dimensions, 2017

An early foray into the welding process and its possible use in my sculpture following courses at The London Sculpture Workshop.

The hangers are the type that hook over the tops of doors, brought sometimes by (very organised) travelling guests in order to make up for the absence of hanging space. Each is a multiple of the same basic zig-zag shape, with two depths of angle at each end to suit their use on a cupboard, or inverted, a door.

A number were acquired and different possible assemblies explored ad hoc as pieces were joined with spot welding and then allowed to grow. Interactions with horizontal and vertical surfaces directed the decision making of the final forms.

The process of joining the steel hooks together had to balance just enough heat to fuse the two thin touching metal sections, without completely melting and blowing a hole through. The resulting, sometimes coarse, but happenstance welds remain visible, showing the deliberate connection of each hook. The heat discolouration adding a colour contrast to the otherwise neat mass machined brushed steel household product.

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