“For me, the oval has always been the most pleasing form from which to embark on a sculptural exploration. As opposed to a circle, an oval’s elongated shape allows for greater flexibility in removing mass while staying true to the lines of the exterior so the negative space remains complimentary to the whole. I also like the way the oval’s curves bend light both inside and out of the form.
In this latest series of sculptures, called “Oval Edge Forms,” I have tried to create conditions where negative space becomes such an integral part of the form that the oval — in its essential elliptical configuration — is sensed by what is missing. Each of the sculptures in this exhibition has been carved after first starting with a solid three-dimensional oval form. Some were “egg-like,” some almost as thick as they were wide, and others elongated and tapered. My intention was to convey the harmony of the original elliptical shape while offering added layers of visual interest through what has been removed. I feel the oval is most effective if all carving is resolved with smooth finishes. In this way, the interplay of light on both interior and exterior surfaces creates shadows that echo and enhance the oval’s fundamental curves.”
Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh
The artist will be present at the Gallery
September 16th, from 1-4pm.
Two bronze castings from Kavanagh’s AfterMoore series are featured in Jane Beiles’ 52 Weeks, A PICTUREFUL PLANNER FOR INSPIRATION AND ORGANIZATION. The planner will be released no later than December 1st for sale on Amazon, local retailers TBD and through www.jamebeiles.com.
Kavanagh’s first stone carving in her AfterMoore series was exhibited at the Washington Art Association’s Members Show, January 14 – February 12, 2023. The Washington Art Association is located at 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington Depot, CT 06794. The two-part sculpture was carved from two triangular-shaped blocks of Brazilian steatite, each weighing about 280 lbs. and mounted on an Absolute Black granite base. The sculpture measures 22” L x 13” W x 13 ½” H.