Susan Madacsi works with steel to design sculptural objects. The artist starts by taking bars of steel, heating them to 2200 degrees, cutting the bars into small pieces and molding the steel, like clay, into various shapes. Those pieces she then joins and forms into bowls or wall sculpture. Lastly, texture and a patina are added to give the work depth and individual style.
Critic Wendy Steiner describes artist Madacsci as a pioneer of the artist/blacksmith trade. “Madacsi fools the eye with her use of material; her forged steel sculptures belie the industrial history of their composition. The artist’s labor intensive handmade objects are an essential element of art making but the incongruous and ironic repurposing of the forged steel breaks the commonly accepted distinction between art and craft.”