Babette Bloch is a pioneer in the use of laser-cut and water jet-cut stainless steel in creating figurative works of art. She starts with a black and white drawing that is then scanned into a computer, which directs a computer-driven laser beam to precisely cut the forms she wants out of flat sheets of stainless steel placed on a laser bed. Works are then sand-blasted, surface textured, painted for wall display or made into 3-dimensional works through the use of industrial welding and shaping equipment.
Bloch’s works are in the permanent collections of Brookgreen Gardens; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC; Hudson Heritage Farm, Ganges, MI; International Hillel, Washington, DC; Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD; and numerous private collections in Europe and the U.S.
She pursued both classical and modern training, including study with notable artists Deborah Butterfield and, at the celebrated art department of University of California at Davis, where she received her degree, with Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, and Manuel Neri. Bloch has received numerous awards, including those bestowed by the National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club and Museum, and the National Association of Women Artists Bloch lives in Connecticut with her husband, noted sculptor Marc Mellon. They have two children.