Metal Art By Cherie Haney

Hi, my name is Cherie Haney, and I am a metal artist. I make abstract modern metal wall art out of my studio, Art & Element, here in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Biography

Metal has always been a calling of mine.  I love the feel of it and its historic connection to the industry of my home, near Detroit, Michigan.  I also enjoy being in nature and experiencing natural and organic influences.  I am fascinated by the colors I see during mountain biking trips through the Sonoran desert; the way light hits ripples of water when I’m kayaking in the Florida mangroves; the Zen practice of stacking rocks in rivers and natural settings; and the play of form in shadows and light that I see while hiking.  My work draws from the balance of opposing forces coming together to form a harmonious whole. An example of my inspiration would be the dilapidation and industrial decay existing in Detroit as a backdrop to the city’s historic art deco skyscrapers. Other important influences are aerial land maps, graffiti art, modernist architecture and bio-medical illustrations.

I draw original patterns and then digitize them so I can use a hydro-abrasive cutter to intricately cut each image into metal. The metal is then surfaced by hand for a satin reflective sheen and/or patinated with acids to create unique colors and textural enhancements. Various elements are then layered and spaced apart using hardware or welding techniques. Each work has two to four layers. The surface of each layer is developed to create contrast and set it apart from the next layer, while remaining aesthetically united. I use elements such as copper, leather, and other media in the background surfaces to achieve this effect.

My work draws from the balance of opposing forces coming together to form a harmonious whole. An example of my inspiration would be the dilapidation and industrial decay existing in Detroit as a backdrop to the city’s historic art deco skyscrapers. Other important influences are aerial land maps, graffiti art, modernist architecture and bio-medical illustrations.