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Evan Ballowe: “I learned to weld while working for a coffee roastery in upstate NY, and started making metal
sculptures as a way to improve my welding. We moved to Texas in the Summer of 2015
shortly after our son was born. When he started taking long afternoon naps, I would go out to
our garage and run the welder as much as I could. In NY I had accumulated a small catalog of
scrap metal and cast-off parts and practiced my welding by constructing new forms out of the
preexisting shapes that I saw beauty in. The wide variety of materials in my stock quickly lent
themselves to being assembled into shapes my wife would allow into the house. Because I’ve
been largely self-taught in welding and fabricating, I’ve never had to stumble over being told
not to try something because what I want to do won’t work. While this has often led to failure
and frustration, more often it has catalyzed my art into unexpected directions. I work with all
kinds of materials: metals, wood, glass, and stone; my only restraint being the materials I have
on hand at the moment”.