Paula Castillo gives an artist talk at The National Museum of Women in the Arts on her background and inspiration.
"My interest in working with metal began early, because I grew up in a family that used and valued the detritus of the world. The idea of working with metal was always accessible to me: my Lebanese family had been blacksmiths before they came to the United States while my Hispanic family, including my father, were welders. My work engages in the practice of understanding how forces and systems - both the human-made and the natural - are perpetually remaking the world we inhabit. I create welded sculpture using industrial steel byproducts scavenged from regional waste streams. My process is a high-tech/low-tech hybrid. I begin by designing forms with 3-D development software, then I create those forms by hand-welding thousands of discarded industrial byproducts."