ANNA HELD AUDETTE

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Scrap Metal- Steel.jpg (117240 bytes) Scrap Metal XIX, 63"x106", 1997, Oil, Private Collection

This  painting was commissioned by a scrap metal dealer. He requested that I include some factory discards of small yellow pieces of tape measure, which identify the material as coming from his yard.

Scrap Metal- Fuel Tanks.jpg (63140 bytes) Scrap Metal XVIII, 36"x 42", 1997, Oil, Private Collection

As shown in this picture of  ruptured fuel tanks, scrap metal comes in an endless variety of shapes, volumes and colors.

 
Scrap Metal- Aluminum.jpg (84285 bytes) Scrap Metal XXII, 48"x36", 1999, Oil

Aluminum scrap. Of all the subjects I have worked with, scrap metal allows me to comes closest to my goal of images that are real and abstract simultaneously.  

Scrap Metal- Aircraft.jpg (93887 bytes) Scrap Metal VII, 62"x93", 1991, Oil, Currier Museum of Art

In their next to last transformation, the aircraft from the scrap yards adjacent to  Davis Monthan Air Force Base are reduced to piles like this. 

Scrap Metal XI.jpg (62941 bytes) Scrap Metal XI, 35"x46", 1994, Oil
Scrap Metal XIII.jpg (92111 bytes) Scrap Metal XIII, 37"x55", 1995, Oil, Private Collection
Scrap Metal VIII.jpg (65361 bytes) Scrap Metal VIII, 28 1/2"x61", 1992, Oil

Scrap metal piles are organized according to their content.  This is iron scrap.

Scrap Metal XIV.jpg (72578 bytes) Scrap Metal XIV, 20"x34", 1996, Oil