Friday, January 28, 2011

Check This Out

"Walker" 2008
20” x 36” x 12”
Reclaimed objects (mostly brown, black and clear plastic) and scrap metal
"Reclaimed" Objects Sculptor 
I like Ganz for her inventive arrangements of found objects. Her figures have enough information to read in a literal sense, but the areas she chooses to omit are what make the work interesting to me.  It's almost like viewing a cross-section in-the-round.
Read through her artist statement (below) and take some time to check her out by following the link above:
    My work process is reminiscent of my experiences growing up in several different countries, of being disconnected from the place I was born. Then, I began searching for a new community where I truly belong. I find discarded objects from peoples’ houses and give them a second life, a new home. For my sculptures I use plastic utensils, toys and metal pieces among other things. I only select objects that have been used and discarded. The human history behind these objects gives them life in my eyes.  My goal is for each object to transcend its origins by being integrated into an animal form that seems alive. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist.
    By building these sculptures I try to understand the human relationships that surround me. It is a way for me to contemplate and remind myself that even if there is conflict right now, there is a way for all the pieces to fit together. That even if some people don’t feel at home here and now, there is a place where they belong and that they will eventually find it.
 Happy Friday and as always, keep those pencils sharp and eyes open!

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