Category Archives: sculpture

A walk in the clouds

These days I’m living with my head in the clouds–almost literally. I am spending the month of February in Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala, a huge volcano-ringed lake so situation in the Mayan highlands that sometimes the airborne moisture gently clusters … Continue reading

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Guest artists: “The Value of Water” at St. John the Divine

In a beautiful convergence of holiness, water and artistic endeavor, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan has just opened a new exhibition called “The Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet.” … Continue reading

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Colleen Flanigan’s Biorocks rock

The ocean is a living organism, which means it is regenerating all the time. Visual and performance artist Colleen Flanigan helps the process along with her underwater Biorocks, sculptural metal matrixes that use low-voltage electric current to raise the pH of … Continue reading

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The mermaids of Cuba

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In January 2010 I traveled to Cuba to research my book on the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. I was enchanted by the whole cult of the mermaid–she is goddess, nymph, protectress and mother to many Cubans. Infused in the culture … Continue reading

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The mysterious Strandbeests of Theo Jansen

Since 1990, Theo Jansen has been engaged in creating new forms of life: whimsical, intelligent Strandbeests, which live on the beaches and feed on wind. “These animals will survive on their own, just like you raise your children and kick … Continue reading

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Zen and the art of water tossing

Two hands, a glass of water and, sometimes, ink, a Phase One P45 camera and a Broncolor Strobe–these are the tools with which Shinichi Maruyama, a Japanese artist living in New York, captures the ephemeral motion of water through air … Continue reading

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