Metal Wall Pieces
Elisabett Gudmann is a Northern California based artist focused on creating works infused with color, texture, and form. While most widely recognized for her metal wall pieces, she is also an accomplished sculptor and often creates 3-dimensional works with her partner, Kirk H. Slaughter.
METAL WALL PIECES:
The complex and physically demanding process involves laboriously etching the metal to create detailed surface textures and imagery in relief. Unique and intricate patina colors are achieved by working with a variety of caustic chemicals, layering colors and often employing a reductive technique. Mostly conceptual in nature, her imagery evolves through layered complexity and evokes references to natural and man-made environments. Influences of abstract expressionism infuse her work, striking a balance between the abstract and the recognizable.
The sculptures by the collaborative duo of Elisabett Gudmann and Kirk H. Slaughter transcend the starker aesthetics of minimalism by combining a clean architectural context with sensual sophistication. Through a delicate balance of form and content, the clean lines and smooth surfaces reflect a masculine strength while at the same time maintaining a feminine sensibility. The work is precise, bold, and immaculate in execution. They play with movement, contrasting angles and varying planes; often juxtaposing colors, materials and textures.
Their most recent work incorporates the ancient Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban, the charring of wood to preserve it against the elements. The artists are drawn to the gorgeous, deeply textured and rich black color, contrasting the refined, smooth surfaces of the metal with the textured and stacked charred wood.
Gudmann and Slaughter, a couple, take different approaches to their creative endeavors and have merged their diverse talents, styles and skills to create this body of work. They collaborate throughout the entire process in their combined studio, from conception and construction to completion.
A San Francisco native, Gudmann received her Bachelor of Science from California State University, Sacramento.