Exploring Grounds for Sculpture

Detail of The Chamber of Internal Dialogue by Seward Johnson. A photo taken while exploring Grounds for Sculpture by Laura Chenault

These photos are from my first trip exploring Grounds for Sculpture. Founded by the sculptor Seward Johnson who is known for his lifelike bronze sculptures. 

Beautiful and deadly: Glass Microbiology by Luke Jerram

E. Coli glass sculpture by Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram creates stunning works of glass sculptures of microscopic diseases. The work is ethereal and glass is the perfect translucent and fragile medium to represent the miniscule on a grand scale. 

Inspired by David Altmejd

The Flux and the Puddle by David Altmejd

David Altmejd uses "plexiglas, quartz, polystyrene, expandable foam, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, resin, synthetic hair, clothing, leather shoes, thread, mirror, plaster, acrylic paint, latex paint, metal wire, glass eyes, sequin, ceramic, synthetic flowers, synthetic branches, glue, gold, feathers, steel, coconuts, aqua resin, burlap, lighting system including fluorescent lights, Sharpie ink, wood, coffee grounds, polyurethane foam" as materials and that's just for one of his large scale sculptural pieces, The Flux and the Puddle.

Anatomy of War by Noah Scalin

Anatomy of War: Smith & Wesson by Noah Scalin

Noah Scalin's Anatomy of War is literally a visceral representation of war. Showing the most obvious symbol of war -- a gun -- with soft, fleshy organs. Hardware that is capable of destroying it's own insides. 

Inspired by Myriam Dion

Detail of Dentelles de Journaux by Myriam Dion

I am crowning Myriam Dion as the reigning goddess of the xacto knife! She takes newspapers, one of the most disposable and forgotten of objects, and turns them into lace. Intricate, insanely detailed patterns emerge from the pulpy pages of the daily news. Although many individual pages stand on their own as beautiful works of art, it is her large scale installation pieces that take my breath away. 

Inspired by Claire Morgan

The Beauty and the Beast by Claire Morgan

Claire Morgan has a unique approach to sculpture. She combines natural objects such as butterflies, taxidermy specimens, and dandelion seeds with broken bottles and torn plastic to create graphic, impactful exhibits. I use exhibits deliberately, because her sculptures evoke butterfly collections or museum displays due to their meticulous construction.

Sculptural Collages in Glass by Dustin Yellin

Psychogeography 30 by Dustin Yellin

Dustin Yellin creates large figurative collages sandwiched in between layers of glass in his series Psychogeographies. I'm fascinated by the soft, pliable paper being pressed between the smooth, hard glass.

Play-Doh Photos by Eleanor Macnair

Play-Doh Photos by Eleanor Macnair Original photograph: Face, 2004 by Sally Mann​

Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh is one of my favorite blogs. Eleanor Macnair recreates both historical and modern photographs using Play-Doh. Fun and playful, these colorful creations are a joy to look at. She posts lost of in progress shots over on her Instagram

 

Skulls by Jim

Tissue Skull by Jim

Skulls by Jim is truth in advertising. Jim makes ambrotypes and sculptures. They're gorgeous and often using unconventional materials, but always the image is a skull.

 

Porcelain Babies by Johnson Tsang

Brothers by Johnson Tsang

Delicate porcelain is the perfect material to create babies as millions of twee figurines prove, but Johnson Tsang's are a far cry from the Precious Moments of my childhood. I love the quirky expressions and the titles imply that the images reflect family dynamics.

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