Lehman College Art Gallery

 

TRACY HENEBERGER  

 

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Bouffant. 2011. Pomegranates, grape vine root, epoxy and resin. 18 x 15 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

My sculpture is accumulative in nature, each large gesture an embroidery of many smaller ones.  I just don’t trust mass achieved without the building aspect; increments are the forms I understand, and repeating and expanding them to create systems and structures is an act of ritual, transformation and faith.

Over the last dozen years, I have found most of my materials in nature.   In a digital age defined by the virtual and inorganic, I choose elements with direct connections to the earth.  Mushrooms, fish and stones have both magic temperaments and rich metaphoric lives.

Most of my recent work has been on the walls; there is an intimacy in considering an object on a wall, as well as a clarity and directness that I appreciate.  And much of it has been based on the tondo form, a venerable symbol that suggests, among many other ideas, connection and completion.

Bronze mesmerizes me, both the metal and the process of achieving it.  The way one liquid pour gives my many parts a unity, the way the process demands that I take chances, that I break through the limits imposed by my experience.

My work is often about water, in which I am at home; mountainous, liquid and ephemeral, it embodies the idea of continuous change.  And about islands and clouds and the moment they rhyme, about an object’s refusal to be still. 

 

 

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Moon. 2008. Stones, epoxy. 27 x 27 x 2.5 inches
Naked. 2011. Driftwood, birch, epoxy, shellac. 18 x 18 x 12 inches
Moon. 2006. Sardines, epoxy, shellac, resin. 24 x 24 x 1.5 inches
Mane. 2003. Octopus, epoxy, shellac, resin. 14 x 14 x 9 inches

 

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