Crosses Artwork - Carrie Jordan
10 February 2017
As an artist I have frequently explored other ways besides painting to express what I wanted to say or create. Over the years I have tried wood carving, stained glass work, mosaic and even weaving, then I discovered welding which proved to be just right for me.
As a passionate re-cycler and collector of all manner of objet trouvé, and having learned the basics of the craft at college, I then decided to work almost exclusively with old metal- found pieces, broken, rusty scrap iron and mild steel. I sent out a request for ‘any old iron’ in my local village newsletter and the response was overwhelming. Being in the main a farming community I was offered some most interesting and inspiring pieces of old farm detritus and plough parts etc.
The process of MIG welding using old materials means it is not always easy to get a good weld – the metal to be joined must be clean even though I wanted most of my sculpture to remain rusty and old. I did not have the equipment that I had had at college so I had to discipline myself to see the shapes and forms I wanted within the piece of scrap and use only a minimum of cutting and bending to create the final piece.
As a Christian I wanted to express my faith in this medium as I always tried to do in my paintings. I began to make crosses and candle holders or wall hangings. I felt that by cleaning up just parts of the metal and leaving most of it rough, tarnished and rusty depicted very well my own feelings about just what Christ has done for us.
He has taken us, just as we are, and used us in new ways making a new creation from the old, whilst at the same time gradually refining us to become more like Him.
The crosses also really describe the pain and agony of Jesus sacrifice for us on the cross whilst the bright parts speak of His coming Glory and resurrection.
In 2008 I had an exhibition of my welded sculptures at Southwell Minster, it was designated the year of HOPE and I was able to donate the proceeds to Hope UK, who do inspirational work within local communities, changing people’s lives – transforming lives. I was doing what I felt led to do and many pieces were sold, one candle stand being sent to Christchurch in Jerusalem.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in seeing my work which can be purchased or borrowed for specific services or exhibitions.
© 2017 Carrie Jordan