Studio Visits: Nancy Clusiau and Steve Dulfer

"Without the guidance of the heart, the hands and mind are ronin, or masterless samurai. Dangerous, fickle, not to be trusted"

Date April 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Publication THE magazine

Categories Art Markets & Galleries Business Community Culture

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Saint Francis of Assisi said, “If you work with your hands, you’re a laborer. If you work with your hands and your mind, you’re a craftsman. If you work with your hands and your mind, and your heart, you’re an artist.”

Two Santa Fe artists respond to this statement:

Photo: Anne Staveley

 

Keeping your heart in the work can be a challenge at times. The work that I do with fabrics and custom interiors certainly has a strong labor aspect. I often think of what I do as sculpting with fabric—this keeps the heart active and alive in my work. Fabric has texture, colors, patterns, pliability, sensuality and the power to change things—often dramatically. Like a canvas, fabric can take color, with the added bonus of being able to wear it, sit on it or, in the case of a pillow, throw it across a room. The more unique, the better for me.
—Nancy Clusiau

Clusiau’s art can be seen at 901 West San Mateo Rd. She invites readers to come by the shop and see for themselves how she creates custom home fabrications—from the simplest accents to a complete transformation of their living space. ClusiauDesigns.com

Photo: Anne Staveley

 

Without the guidance of the heart, the hands and mind are ronin, or masterless samurai. Dangerous, fickle, not to be trusted. Certainly not to be entrusted with the great works that life demands. Do our masters, whoever they are, value the fruits of our hearts? Or only the products of our hands and minds? What is a life without heart? How many choose this path? Why? How many feel they have no choice but to abandon their hearts’ desires? If art and heart are the same, what moment of life is artless? If my heart, mind and hands inspire feeling in others, that’s the greatest success I could hope for as an artist.
—Steve Dulfer

Dulfer’s work is mostly architectural, created on commission. Occasionally he does sculptural work for himself. DulferMetal.com

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