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Araan Schmidt

2015 Hot Metal Artist

Observatory A

Fabricated steel, cast iron
17’ 2” x 13’ 4” x 7’ 3”

Artist Statement

My studio practice is dependent on the physical engagement with materials and processes. I legitimize and promote my labor as integral to the sculptural experience. My processes are a direct confrontation of their media and exploration of the manipulation of stubborn materials. The materiality is paradoxically both a critique of the impersonal value of industrial production and the humanistic connectedness to objects. It is both sincere and sarcasm, intimate and anonymous.

Araan Schmidt

Born: 1982, Iowa City, Iowa
Currently resides: Grand Junction, Colorado

• MFA, University of Minnesota
• BFA, Kansas City Art Institute

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