Tom Waldron

Tom Waldron: For well over twenty years Tom Waldron has been transforming sheet steel and concrete into elegant, sensual, and massive forms with surface transitions defined by his mastery of a razor thin line.

These sculptures are made of milled steel plate, typically 1/4” thick.
Some of the material is rolled into curved sections before the plates are
fitted and welded to form the sculpture. The shape of a sculpture is an
attempt to integrate practical concerns such as stability, safety, and
durability with more visceral or purely aesthetic responses to the work.
Usually I try to make my sculptures in such a way that the internal
relationships all seem resolved; the sculptural space or tension is
between the object and the viewer. The sculptures are in some way
incomplete until they are installed, and start to alter their surroundings.
Iʼve tried to photograph them in a way that shows how they begin to
carve the space and light of my studio into different shapes and tones.

Creative Process
I make a lot of small sculptures out of cardboard, which is similar to steel
in that it comes in sheets and can be curved in one dimension. Lately Iʼve
been drawn again and again to a few simple shapes. A wedge with a
curved back, a symmetrical winged shape, a low three-sided mound, and
a few other forms seem to keep suggesting new interpretations. I think
this is because these forms have a certain logic that lends itself to the
process of cutting, fitting, and welding steel plate.