Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Inspiration


The Power of Place
                9”hx18”wx11”d                  
encaustic, fiber, hemp cord, wire 
 
 
Inspiration can come from anywhere.  As an artist, I am inspired by the urban landscape. I am drawn to the innate sense of randomness, clutter and change that can define an urban existence.   The landscape of the city and its architecture can seem unwelcoming with its hard edges and its overflow of inhabitants.  In actuality, there is an inherent harmony that exists in a city.  The visual repetitiveness and symmetry of the buildings themselves to the city plans they fill. The cacophonies of sounds that can, with their aspect of constancy, make for a soothing element of dependability.  And while certainly, there is a certain discordant relationship among some city dwellers, there is a remarkable interchange of order among the majority of inhabitants.  I am also inspired by those people, whose visions helped to create this world. 

 
 

The Power of Place
detail
 
 
My latest sculpture, The Power of Place, was inspired by Richard Serra.  This remarkable artist is known for his large-scale, minimalistic sculptures that invite the exchange between the viewer, the site and the piece itself.  His large steel works are often site-specific and are designed to dwarf the viewer.  I am drawn to his work as it often has a feeling of flowing movement and is always complex in its simplicity. With my own sculptures, I try to pare down basic elements of color, shape and movement into elegant simplified forms.  I explore the right angled urban world and how people live in this environment.  How they interact with the spaces, the architecture and with each other.   Serra has said that his sculptures create new spaces within existing spaces which makes me associate a level of architectural design to his work.  While encountering his work, walking around it and through it, you are forced to acknowledge the space around you which often includes the people around you who are sharing this experience.
 
 
The Power of Place
detail

 

Two interesting videos on Richard Serra installations at MoMA:
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

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