Jo-Anne Harder has worked exclusively in metal for the past 20 years and continues to be drawn to the inherent unique qualities of steel and copper. Her work is in private, public and corporate collections throughout Canada and the United States.
Harder strives to establish an interaction between architecture and natural environments. By combining contemporary and ancient motifs, she welds minimalist forms using recycled steel as her primary material.
Harder creates free standing and wall mounted sculptures, large and small, using salvaged copper, brass, zinc, wood and rubber. These materials have subtle surface markings and scars from previous use, suggesting passages of time. With etching, engraving, grinding and paint, Harder's works explore themes of memory, place and identity. She emphasizes the importance and inherent beauty of metal, by giving new meaning to materials that are otherwise discarded.