Born in Vermont, Nase Chomyn studied at the Pratt Institute in New York before relocating to Northern California. She has worked as a full time metal fabricator and is part of the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation team. She now balances her career with a young family. Nase Chomyn creates work with twisted metal and never makes the same sculpture twice.
I worked directly with Al Voigt in sculpture and structural building for 6 years. Most projects we worked on were additions to his house and/or property. The Voigt Ranch is a large property with gardens, paths, sculptures, and a "dried up river bed" running throughout. Not only have I built steel structures with Al, but I have planted gardens, raked the paths, moved the sculptures, hand selected and placed many tons of rocks. Through all this work and time spent with Al, I learned his aesthetic, and expectations of how things should look around the ranch.
Coming from a background of science and math, naturally, Al's ideals stem from those subjects. For instance, he always said that table legs are best when there are only 3, and plants needed to be placed in groups of 3. Triangles are found everywhere in nature, it is the simplest, strongest form. He always wanted things done as simple as possible to still be structurally sound. Less was more, and elegant was the word he preferred.
My artistic tendencies tend to be on the opposite side of Al's but we worked very well together and ended up creating beautiful things. Al was very much into minimalist, simple and clean looks, where I tend to have wild free-flowing organic work. But Al loved nature and realized that I was very good at replicating it.