Monday, 1 August 2011
Peter MacElwain - June 3 1948 - August 3 2001
Peter MacElwain, artist, sculptor, teacher, love of my life, died 10 years ago on Wednesday (Aug. 3) of this week. I will be blogging about him this week in celebration of his life and work, and because he was a wonderful person, much loved by everyone who knew him. This picture was taken in 1991 when Peter and I were beginning our life together.
Peter was always happiest when he was in his studio. He mostly worked in metal - bronze, steel, aluminum. He did his own foundry work and was a really good welder. This picture was taken in his studio in Guelph, about 25 years ago, when he was helping the Chinese sculptor, Situ Jie, with a large bronze piece that was to commemorate the Chinese workers who built the railway in Canada. (I believe the piece is now in Vancouver).
This is Peter (and yours truly) in his studio in Lefaivre. He designed and built the studio himself, to have a large space where he could make very large sculpture. It always looked like chaos to me, but he knew exactly where everything was. This is a typical scene, where Peter is surrounded by saws and drills and welding equipment and maquettes and half-finished sculpture.
This is one of my favourite pieces. It is welded aluminum painted white. This picture was taken somewhere in the southern U.S. (Kentucky? Tennessee? Alabama?) where he was showing in a large sculpture exhibition. Peter was invited to show in various places in the States and we would go every year in the spring to set up his sculpture. Getting such large pieces there was difficult, considering we only had a little truck to take them in. Peter always designed his sculpture so they could be taken apart, carried in our small truck and then reassembled when we got there. The drives were crazy sometimes, but we always had fun.
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