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Baxwin’s Best by Chattanooga artist Denice Bizot opens Thursday, April 3

Nashville – The Tennessee Arts Commission is delighted to exhibit the work of Denice Bizot from Chattanooga. She has been a professional sculptor for 12 years. Born in New Orleans, Bizot graduated from Loyola University, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2001. Most recently her works have been collected by Catherine Zeta Jones, Volkswagon Chattanooga and West Point, as well as corporate collections in Amsterdam, Houston, Manhattan and New Orleans.Creating treasures from discarded metals intrigues Bizot. She spends hours searching through junk and muddy slosh pits to hunt down interesting shapes—some suitable for assemblages, others for torching.

“Metal recycle centers have become my favorite haven. While massive machines are busy crushing cars, churning old washing machines into delightful forms, I’m assessing the potential of car hoods, drum lids, shovels and twisted sheets of steel to be carted back to studio to continue the transformation into sculpture.”

Every piece of metal is pierced using a hand-held plasma torch by Bizot without assistants. “I would like to thank my friend Dave, an art patron and business owner, for allowing me to prowl his recycle center to continue my passion for sculpting.”