Dusty Folwarczny - Winfield, Missouri

Dusty Folwarczny is an object maker. Raised in Winfield, Missouri just north of St. Louis she grew up on a large plot of land surrounded by a lake, hills, and woods; providing an early connection with nature and organic forms. She was often found playing in the mud or going on adventures through the woods.

As an artist she attempts to explore the tension between heavy metal and gravity and balance. She appreciates steel’s natural ability to protect itself through oxidation and in many of her pieces, exposes the raw aesthetic of rust.

She has said this of her work: “When I am creating art, it is important to me that it is approachable and accessible. This is why I prefer to work in public spaces. Part of my sculpting process includes looking at a scrap pile of steel as a puzzle to be solved. I have a part of me that is drawn to making art out of salvaged steel. Maybe it is because Dad has the steel company and it worked its way into my subconscious. Maybe I like how incredibly strong the material is. Maybe it’s the raw textured surface or the beautiful oranges in the rust.”

Dusty attended Truman State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Dusty’s work can be found in parks, public, private and corporate collections.