seraphin gallery, philadelphia, art gallery, fine art, contemporary art, christopher smith
"My sculpture comes out of the various traditions of statue making. When I observe people in social gatherings and private settings I continually see the past traditions of figurative sculpture assert themselves through the poses, attitudes, and physiques of my contemporaries. With the past present all around me I investigate the ancient forms and methods of depicting the body and spirit along wtih the notions they were meant to communicate. I am compelled to have a conversation with those ancient forms and my sculpture is the result of that dialogue. While I sculpt the forms from direct observation of a live model, a gradual change occurs to the exterior form where it no longer relies on a mimetic process, but an inherent abstract formality, a past contained within the bones of the idea which begins to direct the composition and the asthetics. "
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Sankofa Kore was inspired by the poem 'Kore' by Robert Creeley.
Sankofa Kore, 2011, cast in GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete). 57"h x 12"w x 20"d This image was taken when the sculpture was exhibited at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA. There is an edition of 6 in GFRC.
The bronze cast is 1/6, was completed in March 2014 by Benjamin Keating Foundry and is in the collection of the Woodmere Museum of Art.
Brookgreen Gardens, SC
Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA