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When I asked Elizabeth Brim where her subject matter comes from, she didn't hesitate: "I feel like I’m trying to make my world the way I want it to be… with high-heeled shoes! I’ve made little tuffets before, and upholstered things. So that’s part of it ... My grandmother and my mother both, when I was growing up, would make frilly dresses for me and my sister... They are also my inspiration.”
Peter G. Oakley is interested in portraying objects that are familiar but whose shapes go unappreciated, whose “formal loveliness,” as he has put it, “has lain hidden somehow.” He carves his works by hand, with a chisel and not with with a CNC machine, as he pointed out Friday night. He likes to work in marble in part because of its connection to ancient Greek sculpture, to the ancient Greeks’ interest in the ideal human form. Here he talks about the subtle contrapposto one can see in his sculpture Stack 2:
The Artists Link Team—Museum professionals dedicated to fostering connections, relationships, and partnerships with N.C. arts communities—would like to thank the artists and all the visitors who turned out for the Chisel and Forge opening. Stay in touch with ALT-sponsored events and local art news by following us on Twitter.
Jennifer Dasal is curator of modern and contemporary art at the NCMA.
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