LaVergne’s youth impacted his life as an artist. As a young boy working on his family’s farm in rural Louisiana, LaVergne became resourceful, often inventing his own tools. While visiting the local blacksmith shop, he watched closely as the hot metal was transformed into various shapes.
While in graduate school at the University of Berkley, LaVergne began to fabricate metal sculpture by welding. Utilizing metal, like rebar, allows him to build various abstract shapes incrementally while “taking advantage of the discoveries” that arise as he adds metal, piece by piece, to the sculpture.