Contemporary Art Master Carole Feuerman contacted me recently about doing another interview. This extraordinary sculptor is well-known for her works www.carolefeuerman.com of closed-eyed, dreamy swimmers. Another interview? Was she working on something new? Had she changed her style altogether? Here’s what Carole wrote …
CAROLE: I am currently working on a new series of dancers that will be exhibited in their entirety for the first time in my solo exhibition at C24 Gallery in May, 2016 in New York City.
Since each sculpture takes between one to three years to complete, I’m working on a series of eight. I hope to have four completed by this coming spring. I like the idea of sculptures that you can see, touch, stroke and sometimes even walk in, on, or around or even through. I plan to site these dancers in the park on trees in the next, 2017 Venice Biennale.
It is the amazing and well-developed sense of touch and of three-dimensional space that appeals to me. This can be said about dance, too. Space and a sense of the physical body or presence of the dancer or of the sculptural art form. In fact, most sculpture is so flowing and so concrete all at the same time that we can say, really, that dance sculptures are frozen in time.
MICHAEL: Wow. How do you create them?
CAROLE: I have models come to my studio to dance and pose for me. I am now sculpting in clay instead of life-casting the models. They tried all sorts of different variations and shapes and it really came down to the form and shape created, rather than the physical appearance of the dancer. From these forms, I was able to create sculptures that defy human capabilities. I took poses from these dancers and idealized them into my own vision and notion of a dance that tells a story. The final pieces are bronze patina, made especially for outdoor installations. They will not be oil painted in a hyperrealistic fashion the way my other pieces are.
MICHAEL: Does this new series mean you're done with swimmers? Have you done everything you can think of to do with them?
CAROLE: I continue to be fascinated with the figure in the water and with water patterns on them. I love the mechanics of water and its presence as an enduring symbol for life. The symbolism of water is far-reaching and profoundly deep. Water cleanses and purifies. Water touches all people, animals and things. Water connects one land to another. Water moistens and revives. I observe, photograph and sculpt swimmers because we are all swimmers. I will never be done sculpting swimmers.
Check out Carole at www.carolefeuerman.com.