ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Elana Schwartz powers up when she creates her wood sculptures. Schwartz uses a band saw, angle grinder and orbital sander among other power tools.
She wears a mask to keep the sawdust out of her nose and mouth.
A ski suit is standard clothing in her long, cold hours of artistic creation: Schwartz’s studio is an unheated one-car garage.
She transferred to the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2009 from the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. The next semester the 23-year-old junior art major took her first sculpture class.