Assemblages

Photo AlbumSibilant / Medium: Palm fronds and acrylicYou're in Good Hands/ Medium: Clay figures on palm fronds with acrylic paint Size: 60 x 48 x 22 in.Survivors/ Medium: Clay figures on palm fronds, acrylic paint Size: 60 x 24 x 19 in.Survivors/ From left side Medium: Clay figures on palm fronds, acrylic paint Size: 60 x 24 x 19 in.Leap/ Medium: Clay figure on palm frond with acrylic Size: approx. 60 x 36 x 8 inIntrospection/ Medium: Cast resin figure mounted on acrylic painted box constructionPlay/ Medium: Clay figures and acrylic on wood Size: 58 x 130 x 20 cm.Troglodytes/ Medium: Clay figures and acrylic on canvas Size: 114 x 73 x 17 cmFertility/ Medium: Mixed Media: clay figures, paper, eggs, bones, etc. with acrylic on canvas, painted frame 85 x 90 x 20 cmAffinities/ Medium: Mixed Media: clay figures, paper, acrylic on canvas, painted frame Size: 105 x 130 x 26 cmJerusalem/ Mixed Media 70 x 70 x 18 cmFeathers/ Medium: Mixed Media: clay figure, feathers, egg shell, acrylic paint on wood Size: 30 x 30 x 20 cmConscience/ Mixed Media 42 x 42 x 13 cmContemplation IV/ Mixed Media 42 x 42 x 18 cmBaby of the Universe/ Mixed Media 31 x 31 x 6 cmContemplation I/ Medium: Clay figure, paper and paint on wood Size: 30 x 30 x 17 cmFulcrum/ Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 31 x 55 x 5 inchesArabia/ Medium: Acrylic and cloth on canvas Size: 28 x 38 x 3in.Revery/ Medium: Paper and cloth on Masonite Size: 24 x 57 x2 in.Fugue/ Medium: Paper and cloth on masonite Size: 36 x 60 x 3 in.Blue Breeze/ Medium: Paper, pastel, and cloth on masonite Size: 24 x 57 x2 in.Frieze/ Medium: Paper and cloth on masonite Size: 22 ½ x 51 ½ x 2 in.


I have been creating multi-media assemblages throughout my career. Those shown here are all three-dimensional wall pieces. Some are abstract pieces that combine paper collages with overlays of rippling cloth (Fugue, Revery, Frieze); others include fully sculpted  figures in painted and modeled environments that have symbolic resonance (Troglodytes, Conscience, Affinities). Most recently, I have been creating assemblages using palm fronds and palm fibers along with sculpted figures (Leap, You're in Good Hands, Survivors).

For more detailed notes on a few of the pieces scroll down to the notes below.

Troglodytes (1995) - This assemblage was inspired by the Underground Cities of Cappadocia in Turkey. It describes the state of people during periods of oppression or war when an alternative existence becomes almost inconceivable and life adapts to bizarre circumstance. A wide gamut of human emotion is depicted and some of the figures are deliberately ambiguous, leaving room for a wide range of interpretation. One individual is escaping upwards while figures below either seek to restrain or join him.


Contemplation Series - Like much of my work this series explores the pleasures of abstract and representational forms of expression, combining them in pieces where the most realistic element, the 3-D sculpture, is the most abstract in its surface rendition.


Contemplation I and Contemplation II - In the background of each of these pieces there is an artist painting a model who appears to enjoy being contemplated. In the foreground there is a three-dimensional figure, who is self-absorbed, as though in a private moment of contemplation. The patterning of the bodies in relation to the background accentuates the figures’  isolation from anyone, but also illustrates the flow and interchange, the connectedness of their contemplation. 

The patterning also makes blatant what the artist does to the model (by imposing the statement of his or her art on the model). We see the grandeur of the human soul amidst the prosaic wallpaper of life from which we want to be distinguished but also united in a fabric of harmony. Pattern is an anchor and a comfort, but also a trap and a reproach to our turbulent selves.



Contemplation IV  - Man has long had a mythic connection with the horse, carving its image, charged with energy and symbolic potency in the chalk hillsides of southern England, or dressing it in the best chivalric fashions of the Middle Ages complete with unicorn horn. Man loves the thought of horses running free in an untrammeled world without us, yet equally, we love to tame and impose our will. In the foreground the 3-dimensional horse, covered in a collage of pattern, draws attention to ideas of artifice and form, the wild and the tame.


 



© Susanna Caldwell 2013