Dusty Folwarczny is an object maker. Born in 1979 and 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 in 2003. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She is the vice president of Chicago Sculpture International. Dusty’s work can be found in parks, public, private and corporate collections around the US.
Some of her current exhibitions include the Willis Tower, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Clark Street, Bridgeport Art Center, Elon University and Sculpture Trails.