i've been spending a little more time looking at art, and in particular sculpture. last week i was at the sam houston library and my hands quickly found a large book by artist Barbara Chase Ribould. finding her work online hasn't been easy. the images are small, scarce and what i could find on Barbara has more to do with her authoring books. hmmm.. too bad. the works in her art book were fascinating, not sure i've ever seen that type of work. i found a link online that is now a decade old, but has some pictures and information about Barbara.
what i liked about her work was the fact she works in bronze (which isn't a favorite of mine at all) but also adds fiber to the sculptures. winding rope, fabric....cords of material are tied and looped...it all makes for astounding pieces that are unexpected and oftentimes reminds me of goth couture. i am most fond of the dark pieces (not the golden bronzes) that have black or navy blue fiber hanging like a tress from the piece.
Barbara was born in Philadelphia but spent most of her life in Europe. there is more about her here on wikipedia. regarding the art book, i'm still challenged when it comes to 'bronze', not sure i would want to look at such works every day, but as is the case with me and viewing of art, i tend to enjoy glimpsing possibility. to entering another wormhole of inspiration and creativity. i feel like i stumbled upon a gem that shines deep and long.