Water Level is comprised of bronze water lilies and lily pads on steel stems. In this freestanding modular sculpture, “water level” is at gallery hanging height (54-56”) – eye level. I used bronze for this work because of its long history as a sculptural material and its use in monuments for many centuries. I am interested in the contrast of the permanence of bronze and its metallic nature with the temporality and fragility of flora.
My current research is engaged with indigenous Canadian plants, which I am modelling in wax and casting in bronze and using to create larger suites of work. I am interested in the forms of the plants and flowers, their evolutionary histories, how they were used and how they continue to be used. I am also interested in plant habitat and the relationship between what is natural and what is altered or constructed. I am venturing into landscape sculpture, where the works themselves render landscape (a human construct) from elements drawn from the natural world.
I am undertaking an exploration of using flora to create sculptural landscape with an awareness of the history of Canadian landscape art refocused through a lens of feminism and with the history of sculpture and its materials. Landscape is primarily associated with painting – I’m interested in creating an immersive experience in the gallery using sculpture to re-create the familiarity of being in the landscape.
I would like to thank the University of Windsor School of Visual Arts for inviting me to be Artist In Residence at their foundry in October 2012 where much of this work was completed.
Waterlevel, 2013. Bronze & steel. 148 cm height.
Photos: Morrow Scot-Brown