Crushed Cubes, 2018. These sculptures are welded and painted stainless steel cubes that have been crushed in a local scrap yard metal crusher. The cube is a shape commonly associated with minimalist sculptures of the 60s and 70s, and the force of the hydraulic crushing with the materiality of each piece yields shapes that are random, chaotic and unplanned.
This is very much related to her other work like Topographic Iterations or Laws of Motion, wherein crumpling or dropping the material leads to the final shape as opposed to the artist “composing” it. Shotz is interested in using the raw materials of the earth and seeing what happens when they are subjected to gravity and other forces. These sky blue sculptures function as sculpture and at the same time as outdoor seating.
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