Sculptures as Journal Entries by Renee Leverty
Sculptures for me are like journal entries, I take a concept from my own life, or from the world around me and try to embody in 3 dimensional form. Currently I have a show at Pleiades Gallery in Durham called Meta-Crylic Vibration. In this show I have created eight new sculptures around the idea of transformation. Here is background about two of the pieces in the show.
Mariposa is a sculpture that is made of steel, brass and cast aluminum. Mariposa is Spanish for butterfly. Years ago I volunteered at a hospice in the mountains of NC called Mariposa. At that time I was a pediatric intensive care nurse, and I saw a lot of tragedy. I also experienced parents and health care providers who understandably used a lot of aggressive care in order to keep the child alive. Mariposa was a hospice offering comfort care given by all volunteers. I met the loveliest people there. People who were dying, and people who were their caretakers. My sculpture “Mariposa” the butterfly is about transformation, and my belief that every time we shed an old skin, branch out, and “fly” we have the potential to come out more beautiful on the other side.
Girl Rising is a figurative piece in which I take steel and weld a stick figure and then weld layers and layers of steel on top to create the human form. I try to create leg muscles, feet, hair, and it is fun to sculpt in this way. Girl rising has her arms up in the air, joyfully, and her arms create a helix that connects at the top. The sub-title of this sculpture is called Be Your Truth. In this sculpture I am trying to embody the importance of the feminine, and its connection to the divine.
I invite you to the show at Pleiades which is up through the 27th of October. You can see artwork by me as well as that by Darius Quarles, and the other eight artists in the collective. And keep you eye on future events at our gallery in Durham!
Mike Roig’s Sculpture in Progress
Like many artists, I’m pretty much a one-man band – with an occasional assist from friends. Often those friends are other one-man-band sculptors who are reciprocally welcome to call on me when they need an extra hand. Consequently, we all develop idiosyncratic approaches to our work, and quirky strategies for problem solving. When I work on commissions I sometimes try to provide both client and whomever else may want to follow along a web window into my process. It’s a view not into the way to make a large-scale public sculpture, just a look at how I do it.
The theme for my winter is an 18-foot sculpture commissioned for the North Carolina zoo in Asheboro. The fabrication process is extensive, requiring attention to detail and structure as I scale up from maquette to full size. In the series of pictures above you see a few snapshots from the fabrication process. Below is a series of views of the base as it first stands vertical.
To see each chapter of this story, check out my website.