Milwaukie City Hall Sculpture Garden 2019-2021

10' H x 26" W x 7"D

Shelly Durica-Laiche

I am an Oregon native with a degree in both sculpture and graphic design from Portland State University. Both disciplines help to inform my work. I fell in love with steel when I took my first welding class in 2003. Growing up, I always made things with my hands. I'd use scraps and remnants from around the house. I became resourceful and reluctant to waste anything. Now I understand our planet has limited resources, it makes sense to transform what is already here. In my current work I use as much salvaged material as possible. Scrap has an imbedded history and character that folds into each piece I build. The scrap metal inspires what I create, so each piece is one of a kind. My design style incorporates clean lines, bold and graphic shapes. I focus on the elegance of form, saying the most with the least material. I often think of the line from the Heart Sutra, "form is emptiness and, emptiness is form," to remain aware of visual space and how it communicates. I am also inspired by the Japanese discipline of ikebana. I admire the rich beauty in its minimalism as well as how it uses asymmetry to find balance. I know that nothing that looks simple in its design was effortless to create.

Shelly Durica-Laiche

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