The Chains the Bind You
38” x 13” x 14”
17” x 5” x 12”
Masked Love 2
23” x 8.5” x 5.5”
My sculptures reflect my personal journey. In practice, I often step back and reflect on its shape, color, and texture connecting me with a thought, emotion, a place or person. I use both traditional and found materials that enhance the visual effect of the work. Many of the found objects are from jewelry boxes, junk drawers, and forgotten bobbles that I have rediscovered with a childlike enthusiasm. My figurative work is three dimensional, tactile and meant to be viewed and touched from different angles and perspectives. The composition of color, shape and texture excites and inspires me.
Ideas for sculpture and wall art are captured in sketches and journals. First, I begin with the armature – the metal framework. Using stainless steel wire, I create the frame or skeleton. This is where the height is determined. I insert dowel rods and wire them to the frame creating flexibility in the arms and legs. Some frames I shape right away. It depends on the vision and emotion of the piece. To create the shape of the figure, I add layers of high loft batting. Each layer is sewn to the frame until I reach the fullness and curves of the anatomy I desire.
The selection of fabric and found objects are based on the shape of the figure and the colors that I feel best express the emotion I am trying to convey.