Serendipitous Sphinx

SphinxMy sphinx (I like to say she’s life-size–meaning, about the size of a small leopard) has taken up residence in the window of Bruce Davidson’s Serendipity Cafe in downtown Maynard, at the corner of Main and Nason Streets. Pay her a visit–but keep the chocolate crepes all to yourself!

Nara Park sculpture browns nicely

Final PatinaMy Nara Park sculpture collaboration with Joyce Audy Zarins is developing its final, brown patina. The park has thawed out, and the piece stands once again in a small catch basin pond, turning gently in the wind. The Acton-Boxboro Cultural Council will hold an unveiling on June 1st, at which time the piece’s title will be announced. The A-BCC will hold a naming contest among local schoolchildren. I’ll post more details as I know them!

I missed Zaha Hadid’s extra-dangerous egg…

NYC egg huntbut saw many more scattered throughout Rockefeller Plaza. Eggs decorated by artists and designers from around the world are here, and other selected NY locations, until April 25th. Sponsored by Fabergé, proceeds from the eggs’ auction will benefit elephant conservation (Elephant Family) and an art-in-the-schools program (Studio in a School), two causes dear to my heart. If only I could afford one….or a dozen.

Check out Zaha Hadid’s egg and others:


Allison Schulnik

Allison Shulnik“Odd” doesn’t begin to capture the experience of watching Allison Schulnik’s claymations. Sculpted creatures, including tiptoeing flowers and other, less recognizable, apparations, cavort in films about life, the universe, and everything. Now at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford through May 4, or online. Pictured: stills from Eager, 2014.

Wings on…

Having a great time fitting wings today!Having a great time with the wing fittings today–the angels are coming along nicely.

The casting begins!

Carolyn unmoldingI’m happy to report that my Kickstarter project was fully funded as of this morning! There’s still a few days to go before the time line ends, but I’m starting to cast the reward sculptures. These angels (of our better nature?) were first seen floating above the installation “Who Lives With Us.” Stop by ArtSpace at 4pm this afternoon to see how they’re made!

Controversial Sleepwalker

Sleepwalker, Tony MatelliSculptor Tony Matelli’s show, now at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum, seeks to memorialize the quotidian. His sculptures encompass a wide variety of subjects, from oddly exhilarating, brightly-colored arrangements of rope, to cast bronze windows complete with accidental still-lifes of dead leaves and protruding tufts of insulation. But it’s the hyper-realistic guy in his underwear that’s caused local controversy. About 300 Wellesley students signed a petition asking that the sculpture be removed, as it is “a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault.” The sculpture’s shambling pose and baggy underwear didn’t pose much of a threat on a freezing February day; in fact, its main affront may be the memorialization of someone entirely average-looking, surely a crime in perfection-obsessed America.

Photo by Dianne Pappas.

Tony Matelli: New Gravity is on view at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, through July 20.

My official Kickstarter url …

My Kickstarter project is live!

Who Lives With UsThe countdown begins! I just hit the “launch” button for my new Kickstarter campaign, which I hope will fund equipment purchases for my new installation work (“Who Lives With Us”). Take a look!

Recommended Winter Reading

American Women SculptorsI’ve gotten several comments lately from readers who are just discovering the work of America’s women sculptors. Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein’s wonderfully-written American Women Sculptors is the go-to encyclopedia, and I highly recommend it. The book is roughly divided into historical periods, and within those sections are short biographical sketches and illustrations ranging from Mrs. Wright, the world-famous, 18th-century waxworks queen, to Alice Aycock.

The book is now out of print, and so recounts the lives of sculptors only up until 1990 or so. But Ms. Rubinstein’s scholarship is unmatched, and her research remains definitive. Find it on eBay, or from your local library.