Andrew Marsh was a full-time metal artist when he suffered a severe back injury about ten years ago while building St. Louis' City Museum. His days of welding giant steel structures were over, but you can't keep an artist from creating. Now the assistant director of the University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, Marsh works in recycled iron and reclaimed wood. And he's traded large-scale welding projects for a new tool of choice: the chainsaw.
The chainsaw helps him reflect the severity of the pain he still suffers as a result of his accident, he says. Marsh's new sculpture exhibit, “1,000 Cuts,” is on display at U of L's Ekstrom Library through December 5.
“The work in 1,000 Cuts doesn't specifically deal with chronic pain, but it can't escape it, either, much like myself. It comes through in everything. Instead of considering that a curse, I use it as a gift,” says Marsh in a video released by the university.
Pretty cool video here of Marsh wielding the chainsaw and talking about his work: