Christina Sporrong (US) 9 Beating hearts

Sound sculpture, 2006

Christina Sporrong is an innovative and adventurous blacksmith who is blending traditional metal work with the emerging field of kinetic sculpture. Few artists working today fearlessly combine the unyielding hardness of steel with the narrative sensitivity that Christina Sporrong infuses into her work. She is an artist to watch. Continuing emphasis she places on combining the old-world craft of the blacksmith with new materials, technologies, and metal-finishing techniques yields an ever-changing and dynamic body of work. The recent introduction of the element of kinetics has taken her sculptural work in yet another new and exciting direction.

9 Beating Hearts is a sound sculpture. Inspired by the noises of our modern working environments, this piece explores the complex and often disharmonious relationship between human and machine through repetitive percussive notes created by claws hitting forged steel hearts.

Christina Sporrong (US)

Born in Sweden and raised all over the world, Christina Sporrong evidenced a fierce artistic drive from an early age. She graduated from Parsons School of Design and while in New York City was first exposed to the art of welding. Working with red hot steel changed her focus from a burgeoning career in editorial illustration to sculpture. Working with metal became her passion.

Upon moving to Taos, New Mexico more than ten years ago, Sporrong opened her own commercial blacksmithing and fabrication shop known as Spitfire Forge. She has a long list of completed commissions and satisfied clients all over Northern New Mexico. In order to de-mystify metal and empower other women with this medium she began teaching. Her Women's Welding Workshops have been held locally since 1997 and run nationally every year since 2000.

Sporrong is also an accomplished aerial performer. She has used her skills with aerial fabric, trapeze and stilts in a number of productions in association with Wise Fool New Mexico, including Circus Luminous at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe.

Her recent sculptures have been seen at Shidoni Gallery in Santa Fe, the 2005 LA Arts Fest, the Women Do Iron Show in Aztec, NM and most recently at BOCA in San Francisco.