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Mike Roig

100 Hillsborough
Carrboro, NC 27510, U.S.A.
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Phone: 919.929.3535

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Sculptor in Metals and Motion

I've been making art since I was small; it's what I came in hard-wired to do. Working with steel satisfies me in a way that no other medium has. It is tough and durable, yet malleable and open to infinite suggestion. It is heavy and obdurate, and yet can be made to express delicate movements of balance and grace. It can appear earthen and solid, or be polished to light-refracting brilliance. My work follows the notions of my thoughts. I don't often sketch ideas in advance: the bars, angles, torch, and welder are my drawing tools. All I need is a hook, some mental picture of an interesting direction to explore and I begin.

I like to be surprised with what I come up with at the end of the day. Creativity is a journey where knowledge must be accumulated and employed in a seamless cycle. it fills in gaps of what I don't know in seemingly random ways when I'm in the cauldron of work, but only because I can't see everything that will be required to resolve the current problem. Then, inevitably, an onward course beckons from the many useful applications and tangents arising from that adventure. I've learned as I have gotten older, and maybe some wiser, to talk less and work more. That's where the truly interesting conversation is taking place.