Alice and Jack McClean
"The bronze dory is a sculptural antidote to all things with parallel lines and right angles. The shape provides stillness and calm."
Alice McLean uses an arc welder, band saw, abrasive discs, and gas propane torch to cut, join, and transform bronze sheet. Strong oxidizers such as cupric acid, ferric nitrate, and tannic oxide, are brushed or spayed onto the prepared bronze surface and manipulated with flame to create rich and complex patinas.
Alice McLean's aesthetic education began when she studied literature at National College of Education. She began learning how to express thoughts through art—in direct and abstract ways—when she started working alongside her husband, the sculptor Jack McLean. His mastery of metalwork and patinas established the foundation for her own exploration and innovation.