Carole Sivin - Paper and Clay Sculptures
Philadelphia artist Carole Sivin will display her most recent clay and paper sculptures at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, September 23 through October 23.
Many of Sivin’s works are inspired by the tropical botanical garden on Kauai, Hawaii. Her paper sculptures, which use handmade Japanese paper, take on a variety of forms: some as wall pieces, some standing on pedestals, and some as large pods suspended to move slowly through the air. Her clay pieces, she says in her artist’s statement, are either for “putting in the garden” or “bringing the garden indoors.”
According to the Philadelphia City Paper, “The essential quality of Sivin’s work responds to energy in the guise of nature, full of movement and patterning.”
Sivin received a bachelor of science in art education from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Trained as a painter, she also studied printmaking at the Experimental Etching Studio in Boston. She learned traditional stone rubbing and ceramic techniques in Japan and Taiwan, and has exhibited her work in Kyoto and Tokyo. Accomplished in sculptural mask making, Sivin has received commissions from the Harvard Summer Theatre, the Wilma Theater, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and the Eliot Feld Ballet. Her book, Maskmaking: Saving Face, was published by Davis Press in 1986 and is now in its third printing. Sivin has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., and the Virginia Center for the Arts in Sweetbriar, Va. In Philadelphia, she is represented by the Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, InLiquid, and Philadelphia Sculptors.
Located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. weekends. Sivin will give a Gallery Talk at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29. For more information, call (610) 896-1287 or visit www.cantorfitzgeraldgallery.org.