Women who weld are a rare breed of badass, and I'm one of them. After an 8-year tenure building, engineering, and designing stage scenery in the Minneapolis/St. Paul theater scene I decided it was time to make art on my own terms. I returned to my home state of Iowa in 2008 and set up shop. Since then I've succeeded as both an artist and small business owner.
MIG welded steel is my primary medium. I am as comfortable designing and building with new materials as I am improvising with reclaimed steel. When I’m designing with a Prairie School aesthetic, the ratio Phi, or anything heavily geometric, I rely on CAD drafting and new steel to realize my vision. These pieces are intended to feel refined and offer the viewer a medium for contemplation, reflection, and inspiration. Other pieces start in the junk yard. Salvaged materials allow me to create art and fine furnishings which speak to the object’s past while inviting the viewer to re-imagine what is possible.
2016 looks even more promising, and I'd be honored to make a piece just for you.
Cara Briggs Farmer
Major projects in 2015 include:
Archway feature: large archway with planters, benches, screens & lighting. ImaginArt in the Alleys public art initiative, Marion, IA. Completion 2016.
Atrium sculpture: Bottleworks Loft Condominiums, Cedar Rapids, IA.
Outdoor sculptures: Marion Uptown District, Marion, IA. 15 freestanding open structure spheres to replace missing trees.
Wall sculptures: Kirkwood Center, Corallville, IA. Two 5' x 9' sculptures designed specifically to compliment STEM education.
Memorial: Lutheran Church of the Ressurection, Marion, IA. 9' open structure cross incorporating stylized tree growth rings.
Exhibit & Gallery Talk: Marion Arts Council Gallery. June - July.