The interlocking forms of my "Spacial Moment" sculpture were hand-carved from a block of molding plaster to create a spatial relationship like the arms of a parent lovingly wrapped around a child.
The tender moment is captured with each turn of the sculpture. From one angle, the child is playfully pulling away from the hug. Another angle suggests a tug of wills with the child testing the parent. The polished white surface of the sculpture symbolizes the pureness of a parent's love through the challenges in raising the child.
Artist note: I used stone carving tools, lots of very fine sand paper, several coats of white wax and a few hours of hand buffing to achieve that smooth finish and soft glow. It looks even better in person.
The "Parenthood" Exhibition runs through May 19, 2002 at Art Saint Louis, located at 1223 Pine St, St. Louis, MO 63103.
"Art + Design" Exhibition
I am thrilled to have three of my sculptures juried into the Annual "Art + Design" Exhibition at the STLCC - Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, which featuring 180 pieces of art on view through May 6, 2022. Congratulations to all the artists. Many thanks to Fine Arts juror Yowshien Kuo, recipient of the Great Rivers Biennial Award and my sculpture professor, Joe Chesla, who inspired me to think big and enjoy the process.
“Along the Trail”, hand carved from a block of plaster using stone carving tools. As an artist, I have a wonderful opportunity to share my love for the beauty of nature. With this sculpture I chose rounded forms to convey an idea of fruitfulness, harmony and maturity. The etched shapes in the curve represent waves of prairie grass. I spent many hours hand sanding and buffing with white paste wax. Keeping the abstract sculpture of the bison white was important as I wanted it to represent a white buffalo, held sacred by the Lakota as the symbol of abundance and hope for good times to come.
“Water Spirit”, carved from a block of laminated yellow pine using an 4.5” angle grinder. The beautiful grains in the wood appear as ripples on the water. The gentle curve of the neck and heart shaped opening in the body represent how I was feeling after the loss of my husband and fellow artist several years ago. After hours of hand sanding and finishing with Danish oil, I was heartbroken to learn one of my younger brothers had passed. In times like this, nature and art can heal the soul.
“Tranquility in Copper”, recycled copper and rebar. When copper flashing was removed from my three-story storefront, built in 1896, I saved it to create a sculpture for my garden. Recently, I learned techniques for cold bending rebar and the art of MIG welding metal to create a heron. After pulling out roofing nails and flattening the flashing with a hammer, I used tin snips to cut the copper into shapes that were riveted around an armature created from 1/2” rebar. Although the nearly six-foot sculpture seems to appear in a state of balance and tranquility rising from a concrete base, it also moves with the wind as if ready to take flight.
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