Denise Snaer-Gauder

Involved Since: October 2001
Crucible Staff Since: 2007
Department(s): Foundry



Born in Oakland, California, I have strong roots to the San Francisco Bay Area and the arts community. I received my B.F.A. at California College of the Arts and Crafts, now known as CCA. Later, I moved on to environmental studies and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. For twenty-four years, I had my own Landscape Architectural practice in Berkeley, but in 2001, I shifted my concentration back to sculpture and performance art.

I have always been intrigued by ritual and artifact. The use of multimedia allows me to delve into the unconscious mind and express my work through subliminal memories. I feel a personal connection to cast metal, particularly iron, which is the heart of the universe. My approach to art is intuitive, drawn to organic shapes and natural forms that surround us. The anatomical structure of bones has always had some influence in my approach to sculpture and painting. Since the act of pouring iron inherently lends itself to a visual pyrotechnical display, as well as object making, I have been engaged in performance art with iron in many venues including national and international conferences.