Janet Costello and Heather Gottfried are 2 Nutty Artists. They met in 2006 at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City, NY. There they collaborated on various creative projects, discovering many common interests regarding their art methods, mediums and processes.
While doing outdoor activities, Heather and Janet began noticing and collecting twisted, bent and rusted materials along the streets of Long Island, New York. This inspired them to recycle by using these pieces in their art. They started creating one-of-a-kind metal sculptures from this found “street metal."
To determine the direction of their sculptures, they begin by rummaging through the massive assortment of metal they have collected, looking for that “one piece” that becomes the key element in determining the direction for their next work. As they go through the materials, they search for just the right combination of texture, shape and color (often they are surprised that just the "right piece" will show up when needed), to enhance the individual characteristics of the subject. Through a process similar to putting together a puzzle, things are arranged and rearranged until they are satisfied with the composition. Finally, the design is connected by drilling, stitching with wire and/or bolting.
Janet and Heather enjoy the opportunity to re-purpose discarded “treasures" and to help the environment. Whether realistic or whimsical, their sculptures take on lives of their own and continue to inspire them. They hope you enjoy them as much as they enjoy creating them
Heather Gottfried & Janet Costello -
2 Nutty Artists
Janet Costello has a B.S. in visual arts from SUNY Old Westbury. Janet has worked in advertising developing newspaper ad layouts. She enjoys creating artworks in wood, metal, fiber arts and acrylics.
Heather Gottfried is a sculptor and painter. She has a B.S. in architecture from NYIT and an M.S. in art education from Hofstra University. Heather has taught at the Nassau County Museum of Art and Tilles Center as a Teaching Artist. She is inspired by both natural subjects and industrial design.