Using comparable materials and a repetition of form, Laura Tabakman has explored a similar idea in two very different ways with decidedly unique results. One piece is about mass and containment, while the other is all about lightness and movement. How is it that similar materials handled by the same artist can create such distinctive and yet coherent results?
Here is some new work from Rachel Gourley. What is intriguing in this series is Gourley’s juxtaposition of polymer components and nature. Her concept, which is realized through a photograph, explores the idea of what is real and what is not. Has nature morphed into something strange and new or are portions of the composition something else all together? Being removed from reality, via the window of the photographic picture plane, only serves to enhance the illusion.
It is always good to discover artists doing exciting things with polymer. Jasmyne Graybill’s work is part of a recent article by Monica Moses, “Fungus Among Us” in the August/September 2012 issue of American Craft. While not the most appealing topic, albeit relevant for our current hot summer months, Graybill uses polymer to mimic mold, lichen and fungi growing unchecked on what are mostly common household objects.
Telling a story is the heart of Elissa Farrow-Savos’ work. Combining polymer with found objects, Farrow-Savos’ sculptures speak to the eye and the soul. Most of her work is feminine in orientation and explores the timeless tales of women’s lives. While her first love was figure drawing and painting, when Farrow-Savos returned to her studio after a pause for childbearing, she no longer felt satisfaction in 2D work. Floundering, Farrow-Savos happened upon polymer and soon discovered that sculpting provided her with a new form of narration.
Some of the earliest polymer work done in the United States was related to the technique of caning, or constructing a pattern that remains intact through the length of a cylinder. Many polymer artists began with cane work. While some moved on, others became extremely skilled at creating and combining patterns. Sandra McCaw is one of the experts.