Does Size Matter?

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile.  Building smaller forms can be as difficult, sometimes more difficult than building something larger.  The scale of an object implies a relativity; to the room, surrounding objects, or the viewer. Is bigger always better?  Frequently the larger pieces in an exhibit seem to draw more attention, just due the mere size.  You can’t miss them from across the room.  Smaller works beg for more intimacy. You need to get close to see.

How does it make us feel to be in front of art that is larger than us? Is it overbearing or compelling? What about art that you could feasibly hold in your hand? Does it elicit that “awe”, nurturing response?

I have two pieces chosen to be exhibited in Great Lakes “Small Works” 2D-3D Juried Exhibition. The juried exhibit was open to artists residing in any of the Great Lakes states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). All work exhibited will be no larger than 12 inches on either side including frames.

Artists’ reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, 5:00-7:00 PM. I’m looking forward to seeing all the work included in this exhibition. The Gallery Hours are Thursday – Saturday, 3:00-9:00 PM; Sunday, 1:30-4:00 PM. The exhibit runs September 2 – 25, 2010 at Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron, Ypsilanti, MI 734-480-2787

Hope that after you visit this exhibit or another one like it, you’ll share your impressions.

About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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