GrassRoot Sculptures at Midsummer Fete 2012

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GrassRoot Sculptures at Midsummer Fete 2012

When I was a child in Provence in France every Christmas My family planted wheat on cotton in a dish. This was a tradition: if the grass grew straight and strong it would be a good year. I remember that when it was done we pulled the grass out of the dish and the roots had taken the shape of the mold. In 2008 at Christmas time I was in the masters sculpture program at Concordia and the idea came to see if I could use the roots as the medium to make sculptures. My first project we called The Root Laboratory Project. I experimented with many shapes and learned that after my early successes there are many complications to getting strong sculptures reliably. After month of frustration my second project was called The Many Faces of Apollo (MFA). I sculpted the faces of 12 MFA students. My last project The Grass Roots Project is installed at the Britannia Art gallery presently. For it, I sculpted the faces of 8 Grassroots workers selected from the community. For the Midsummer Fete organized by Public Dreams at Colony Farm regional Park in June, I showed both sculptures from these projects and photographs. In this work art and life are united. Working directly with nature made me realize the false separation we have created between nature and us.


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