Floyd Elzinga: Regeneration

Floyd Elzinga: Regeneration

July 16, 2022 to August 13, 2022

"During his early career, Elzinga’s creations centred on functional pieces such as candle holder, mirrors and tables. Today, his often larger-than life three-dimensional sculptures, installations and relief work reflect ideas pulled from agriculture and nature: portraits of trees, broken landscapes, peeling back the earth." ~Kelly Putter, Niagara Life 2020

“I am drawn to the distinction between polar opposites. Subsequently, duality is an underlying theme in my work. I employ natural and non-traditional sculpting materials to create conceptual sculptures, but more than a decade of steel fabrication has made metals my dominant choice of materials. I was initially drawn to using steel as a material because of its plastic nature. It is a common, fast working material that is very forgiving allowing me to sketch my thoughts in line-drawing style panels and persuasively formed sculptures. As a sculptor, my work is predominately three dimensional, but recently I developed ‘painter envy’ and decided to work “two dimensionally." ~Floyd Elzinga

Floyd received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, NS. He was initially drawn to steel, due to its malleable, plastic and forgiving nature, and he continues to utilize its range of colours as well as the way light plays off the surface. He has been exploring traditional metal working techniques to create textures and depth the same way a painter would use a paintbrush.

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