Ontario-based artist Dale Dunning combines typography and sculpting to create his intricately welded bronze and aluminum sculptures. The metallic masks are made of hundreds of typefaces, like a figurative stamp. The letters that make up each androgynous face serves as a symbol of communication and knowledge. The sculptor’s creations vary in texture, whether they are presenting a grid of fonts or a meld of thousands of bolts, screws, and washers.
Dunning focuses on the head without the distraction of limbs and the rest of the body because the head itself is an emblem of the mind. He says, “The head is universally recognized, easy to identify with. We live in our heads, see, feel, and experience the world in our head. It serves as the foundation upon which I can develop various paths to explore.”
Check out the video, below, to hear the artist reflect upon his own work.