David Paul Bacharach
Cockeysville, MD

Bacharach Metalsmiths

My new body of work has been inspired by two interests; wind powered kinetic sculpture and the architectural beauty inherent in insects, birds and plants. The materials I employ; recycled roofing copper and steel from fabricators’ scrap piles. A background in traditional smithing and basketry inform and guide my approach to my work.

I have observed that nature is viewed primarily as outlines and shadows. Delicate insects, birds and plant life are often overlooked/over-powered, in the mind’s eye by the color of leaves and the silhouettes of trees. But, a visual understanding of the natural world can only be revealed when time is devoted to details. As in nature, my sculptures’ outlines and shadows are often first to grab a viewer’s attention. Large 3-D works that speak to the issues of line and movement are therefore not always best represented by full photos displayed in small formats. Therefore, I intentionally chose to represent some works with detail shots rather than the entire pieces.

I will be presenting a short talk as part of a panel hosted by Charissam Brock during “Virtually Woven 2021”, the National Basketry Organization’s virtual event.

ACE Awards:
2000 – Best of Jewelry
2004 – Best of Metal
2019 – Founders Award

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