37 minutes with Sandra Bilawich

In 37 minutes with Sandra Bilawich, I view her shop in the beautiful rough hewn urban industrial setting of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

I like women who like to work, weld and express their life and art through working with stone and metal. Attentive to the telling of whatever the material asks while listening to mathematical formulas, applying endless experimentation with knowledge of how materials will behave helps complete an artwork, its no small endeavour.

I say goodbye and thank her for allowing me to intrude upon her work schedule.

I ask myself again: What do welding and mothering have in common?

In welding there are predictable outcomes and results. In mothering — Is it a crap shoot or an act of faith?

The common element in the two endeavors are this:  the intent is to join and form a strong bond between the two sides which first have to be prepared for joining.

The beautiful thing is that I remember the sound and taste of metal, to this end I let it lead me to the place I have waited to see for a long time, it was taken three lifetimes to arrive here

—I [will] keep the faith as Sandra said upon parting.

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