The lines of the polished hardwood floors leading the eye to the room’s main feature, a fire screen comprised of bronze-colored scissors. “The idea came from a crazy dream I had once,” Kerrigan says. She collected the scissors and began welding them together because she liked the look of the different circles and blades. Across the room sits an infant-sized metal chair that, when sighted, was named “God’s Chair” by a scrap yard worker who believed it was reserved for the Almighty. Kerrigan’s home hosts a bundle of handmade seats, all prized possessions with varying looks. “I like chairs because it involves problem solving,” she says. “They need to be stable and inviting.” The “Gardener’s Throne” is made of welded pipes and, if attached to a hose, also functions as a sprinkler. The chair has been shown on different occasions and has yet to sell. “I’ve thought about renting it out. Having a garden party? Rent the sprinkler chair!” Kerrigan jokes. She has dabbled in many artistic styles, starting her professional career as a culinary artist and pastry chef. But after receiving high accolades in that field, Kerrigan left to pursue welding and other types of artwork, most of which incorporate found objects. One of her jewelry series, titled “Reliquaries,” is comprised of objects such as a used match or a worn-out pencil. “I like the cheapness of found objects and elevating it to something more,” Kerrigan says. She considers herself a failed capitalist and does little self-promotion. “I would be absolutely OK with finishing a sculpture and taking it back to the scrap yard and recycling it,” Kerrigan says. “I’m concerned with process. That is what is important. The object is simply ashes from the fire.”
Kerrigan teaches welded sculpture classes at the Creative Arts Center. Visit creativeartscenter.org for information.
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