ARTIST INTERVIEW: Carson Terry of Hossly
Carson Terry is a blacksmith based in Tucson, Arizona. They forge functional everyday household wares and weld customized metal projects in the desert under the name Hossly. Their work is structurally sound and individually crafted, merging functionality with aesthetic artistry. We spoke to Carson about their creative journey.
Describe the path that led you to the work you do now. Did you take any big risks to get where you are?
I started out working with ceramics. Later, I was drawn to the malleability of hot iron and how it reminds me of clay, and I like the sharp edges I can form with metal. I was drawn to making things that can last in the midst of a culture that sells products that are designed to fail – planned obsolescence. As a trans person (assigned female at birth but being gender non-conforming and more masculine identified), I have been drawn to things that are typically seen as men’s work from an early age. For me, this has meant struggling to make it in the typically “male” dominated realm of blacksmithing, and countering the stereotypes around what mediums I should be working in. The intersections of my anti-capitalist values and trans-feminist lens shape the work that I do.
What is so special about making art NOW, in our hectic digital age?
This hectic digital age and being in an economic system of disposability and waste culture is disheartening on many levels. To make art that is sturdy and meant to last counters the culture of disposability and feels connected to a different way of engaging with resources and each other that is rooted in mutuality and sustainability.
What are your most important artistic tools?