Outlines of Love in a Functional Garden
By bblfish on Aug 05, 2008
My mother's sculptures have always been about movement, dance, love and life. Life in the sense of the pleasure one can have being alive, the passing fleeting moments that can be given no exchange value, because they cannot be exchanged. Her latest work, a series of human sized wire sculptures exhibited recently in the gardens of the INSEAD business school, express close to 40 years of research of this artistic space. The formal backdrop of the school, designed in a functionalist lego like architectural style of the 1970ies, reflects at every turn these transparent outlines of movement. When the wind blows across the campus, the leaves rattle in the sunshine, and their light reflected in the mirrory surface of the glass construct shines through a couple embracing on the grass, ever changing with the surrounding environment, yet timelessly there holding together the growing hope.
Walk around the garden and you will find the outline of a person playing hide and seek.
Or you may find a couple dancing on the grass.
My pictures of these sculptures does not really do them justice, not just because photography is an art whose complexity lies hidden deeply behind the simplicity of the mechanical click, but especially in this case because it hides the third dimension for which these sculptures are built and freezes the movement which these works are vibrating and pulsating through and through. This tension between movement and permanence, captured in a few metallic lines, is what shines through these constructions that took a lifetime of experience to build.