The Art of Rust: Sculptures by Gail Trunick

A short documentary looks at the artist's creative process: equal parts crafty and creepy. 

More

Northeastern Ohio native Gail Trunick has "never really heard [her] art called beautiful." Her mixed-media sculptures, comprised of clay and rusted scrap, are twisted, expressive, and unique, but certainly not what you’d traditionally consider pretty. And, it seems that as an artist, she’s fine with that.

In this short profile of Trunick and her work, we get a brief glimpse inside her studio. As she talks through her creative process, we are treated to gorgeous visuals of her offbeat creations. It is readily apparent that she is a skilled sculptor and craftsperson, combining raw materials with hand-formed clay shapes. The resulting mixed-media figures emanate a decidedly lived-in essence. Trunick is capturing the texture of life — one that isn’t clean and beautiful, but gnarled and filled with emotion.

As a documentary work, Clay & Rust does an excellent job capturing the unique sensibility of its subject. Director Kevin DeOliveira’s visuals are fittingly overlaid with selective film grain. His stylistic grading and gorgeous use of bokeh are similarly appropriate. It’s a piece with a presentation that is almost as stylistic and interesting as the art itself.

For more work by Kevin DeOliveira, visit http://kevdeo.com.

Jump to comments

Ivan Kander is a filmmaker, writer, video editor, and motion-graphic artist from Washington, D.C. He is also an assistant editor at the short-film curation site, Short of the Week. His personal site is www.lucky9studios.com.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Video

Just In