Sunday, June 27, 2010

On the road again

Travelling is a great source of inspiration for one's art practice and I've been lucky in that department. On my recent "art" trip with my friend and artist Carol Bajen-Gahm which consisted of a driving trip from New York back to Newfoundland, we discovered a new botanical garden - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. It is spectacular given that it is in its infancy. There were so many highlights from my visit there, I don't know where to start. Oddly enough I'm not beginning with the plant life! More on that later.

One of the first things that caught my eye on the drive into the area was a sculpture by Wendy Klemperer, a Brooklyn artist. I noticed a number of her other works throughout the gardens. She works in recycled metal focusing on animals. There is no doubt that she understands the anatomy of the various animals she sculpts because they appear so lifelike given that they are only in armature.

Another favourite sculpture on the property was Glass Orb by Henry Richardson which spoke to me of the fragility of the world. The light hitting the glass and the resulting sparkle made it irresistible. The touch and it will break message was strong and clear. The aritist's intention for the work goes beyond my interpretation. The Spheroid Series, of which Orb is part, expresses " an inner spirit of humanity. In these simple shapes, there can be found a statement of mass without heaviness, through an escape of light." Specifically about Orb Richardson says, " Part of the purpose of the piece is to provide a way in which anyone who looks at is can have an experience that is personal to them. "

Check out some of the other sculptures in the gardens here.


Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Hi margaret, I love travelling with you! I get to see and hear about art i may never get to see in person. So thank you for giving us this tour!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Yes, thank you for the tour...I took my own tour and just loved the sculpture...the pine cone was especially fascinating...good trip!

hwfarber said...

I love orbs. Like the two previous comments, I enjoy your travels, too. The cat sculpture was great--so were spaces around the trees in your previous blog.

Margaret Ryall said...

I'm glad to help people out by travelling! I have no big trips plans for the next year sad to say. I'll be enjoying my summer house and things local.

Kathy said...

Almost in my backyard!! A great place, and the sculptures are wonderful.