Enlightenment at the State House

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Today I’m delivering the sculpture “Enlightenment” to the Rhode Island State House for the exhibition, “ReSeeding the City/ Ethnobotany in the Urban,”.  The compelling show curated by Judith Champa Tolnick as part of the Providence Biennale, features artists whose works address the entwined lives of humans, plants, and other life forms. The exhibit runs through Nov 27th.

The exhibition opens with a one day public forum on October 26th, at Brown University,  both forum and exhibit are free and open to the public. Please join us or come by the State House, to learn more and register for the forum click here

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The Season’s call/Upcoming Events September- November

•Sunday, Sept 22, Opening of I-Park          Site Specific Art Biennale, East Haddam,CT   I’ll be moderator for a symposium at 5pm with  eight environmental artists who’ve created installations in the land. I-Park is open for tours throughout the year.

•October 26th Forum and Exhibition Reseeding the CIty/Ethnobotany and the Urban Providence, RI As part of the Providence Biennale, a one day forum takes place at Brown University’s Watson Center and the exhibition will be at the Rhode Island State House thru November

It is a season of protests, memorials and humbling reckonings. More and more the planet’s voice makes itself heard whether by destructive forces such as hurricanes, floods and wild fires or amplified in creative efforts by earth stewards and artists. In the next few days and month I’ m looking forward to participating in these exciting upcoming environmental  exhibitions, and symposiums. I hope you can join me at one or all of these events.

 

 

 

 

Forest Dialogue will stay in Westport through the summer

On June 30th I’ll make my last visit down to the DeDee Shattuck gallery for this summer. The work is coming down for the show, The Dignity of Trees. My outdoor bronze piece, Forest Dialogue, will stay up through the summer. Hope you can make a visit down to Westport to enjoy the beach and the other wonderful events and shows coming to the gallery.  tree chairs: Shattuck gallery.jpeg

Artist Talk: June 16th/ DeDee Shattuck Gallery

The beautifully curated show “The Dignity of Trees” just opened this past Saturday at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, Ma. I’m delighted to be included in such a fine ensemble of artists. On June 16th I’ll be giving a talk on my work, for more on the talk click here.  Please join us if you can. Its a show worth seeing. The other artists in the show are Deborah Coolidge, Renee Montiero-Bernard, Paul Rider, Greg Rose and William Harting

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Tools I can’t do without

IMG_1839These past few months, I’ve had to get into a whole new category of tools in order to do the color on the bronze work.  A hand cart and a blow torch have been essential.  Color on bronze is an alchemic process called “patina” which combines natural elements, air, rain, chemicals plus heat. There are some ancient recipes that involve burying the bronzes in dirt or peeing on them- all natural – and then you let the air do the oxidizing. The pee recipe would work better for male sculptors, the French sculptor August Rodin  instructed assistants at his studio to urinate over bronzes stored in the outside yard.

I’ve done my patinas with  common chemicals, liver of sulphur, vinegar, salt, lemon juice and ammonia. I’ve applied heat with a propane flame thrower. To get the flame you have to use an old fashioned sparker and pray the spark and the propane like each other. If they do the flame sprays out forcefully and if you don’t think ahead it can ignite paper, your work pants, or melt plastic containers. I’ve done all of the above and survived. The ultimate goal is to heat up the section of bronze you’re putting patina on to about 200 degrees, then you apply whatever chemicals needed. I’ve had a palette of blacks, browns, reds and greens.

I’ve also discovered that moving bronze sculptures is  an athletic effort, steel toed boots and a hand truck are required. Where are those assistants when I need them?

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An Evolution

The evolution of the Forest Memoir project from initial idea in 2015 to permanent bronze pieces is reaching a turning point. As it’s gone from wood to bronze I too have evolved. There have been so many new techniques and tools to learn, and a different kind of energy is needed to work in metals- its hard body work. But the bronze chairs are altogether and now what remains is final surfacing and patina work. The fabrication help from Michael McLaughlin has been excellent as was the casting done by Mystic River Foundry. And always there is the support of my husband, Gabriel Warren, who is an expert metalsmith. My job for the next month is to learn patinas and design the platform and anchors. There is never a dull moment, middle of May is my deadline so they can go out to their installations.