by Ariadna Zierold
Rhode Island-based artist Bayne Peterson‘s eye-popping dyed plywood sculptures are made in a process of digital fabrication and lost wax casting. Curves, give form to the artist’s ongoing exploration of traditional and digital processes in sculpture. Peterson mines the shared visual connections of both, as well as the different ways that hand carving and digital fabrication allow for the invention of form: either along the way or through distinct markers.
He creates each plywood sculpture by joining together multiple cut triangular sections of plywood dyed in striations and then carving by hand. The metal sculptures are instead created through digital design and fabrication, cast in an ancient lost-wax technique, and smoothed and tinted to a lustrous sheen. Historical precedents such as biomorphic abstraction, Modernist sculpture, soft sculpture, and craft traditions inform the works.