THE WASHINGTON POST : In "Heavy Metal" Female Sculptors Take On Traditionally Masculine Materials

Paula Castillo Talks at the Opening of HEAVY METAL at NMWA

By Sadie Dingfelder

No need to don skinny jeans and tease your hair to see “Heavy Metal” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The exhibit, the fifth in the museum’s Women to Watch series, is literally about metal — specifically, sculptures made with materials like steel, bronze and pewter. Smelting, soldering and other metalworking processes have traditionally been considered man’s work, exhibit curator Virginia Treanor says. As something of a corrective, “Heavy Metal” showcases the skill and ingenuity of 20 contemporary female sculptors from the U.S. and around the world. “I was really struck by the variety of work that was out there in metal and the variety of appearances metal takes on and what these artists were able to create,” Treanor says.

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