Wahlen’s initiation to metalsmithing materialized through dinanderie, a traditional copper-working technique perfected by medieval artisans in the Belgian manufacturing town of Dinant. The technique involves hammering, firing, and shaping a sheet of copper into a fluid three-dimensional object: a cauldron, a kettle, a pot. Wahlen soon immersed himself in an ongoing exploration of labor-intensive metalcrafts.
The result is an array of illusive organic forms with highly tactile skins patinated and buffed with beeswax. His pieces create a cohesive ensemble of works of elegant simplicity that combine a feminine sensuality through lissome forms and a masculine presence through weight and materiality.
Hand-hammered patinated brass and copper. Interior gilded with gold leaf.
Ø 7.5 x H 26.4 in
Ø 19 x H 67 cm