Kel Hines is a metalsmith living in
My work embodies the shifting beauty of thunderstorms: dark and delicate forms against flashing sharp edges. My Negative Space Collection expresses the juxtaposition of softness and sharpness, and of light and shadow. I’ve created pillowed forms, which are contrasted by the geometric shapes cut into them. Oxidized black backgrounds create depth within the matte or polished surfaces.
My inspiration comes from contrast: in the marriage of seemingly oppositional forces as they merge to create seamless unity. I have always been fascinated by duality and how opposites connect, like how the darkness of the sky is made magical by pinpricks of starlight. I am greatly interested in planets and galaxies, and often take inspiration from stars, satellites and orbital patterns.