restORATIONS

         

restORATIONS #1

            

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STATEMENT

My current series, restORATIONS, is an extension of my enduring explorations of body language. The introduction of new materials has provided adventurous opportunities for exploration and discovery.  The materials were a gift from a close friend. She offered me a stack of slate, which was the former roofing of her country home.  These deckle-edged “slices” of weathered rock, rich with earthen hues are perforated with sporadic nail holes.  I accepted the generous present with a vague prophesy of sculpture in mind. Soon after, my friend’s life was shattered by an unexpected broken relationship. These circumstances would forever change her life and would serendipitously impact how I utilized the gift.

After hammering the layered rock into different-sized fragments,   I recycle the slate in ways that some lives are cracked and broken, reassembled and renewed. When the shards are adhered to armatures, they create environments with free-form mosaic-like surfaces. I call the spaces between the shards “wise cracks.” These sites become sanctuary for clay figures and their non-verbal dialect.  restORATIONS demonstrates the resilient nature of the human heart in reestablishing, reorganizing, and restoring life’s broken pieces into a new cohesive design. My friend rebuilds to a state of wellbeing as I create sculptures of transformation and reform. Leonard Cohen’s lyrics to the song “Anthem” echo the focal point of restORATIONS.

“Ring the bells that still can ring…forget your perfect offering…

there’s a crack, a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in….”

restORATIONS #3...detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Scavotto Earley Sculpture