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Lynda K. Rockwood: Mining the Ellipse

Francine Seders Gallery
Seattle WA Apr 30-May 30, 2004

Lynda K. Rockwood - Trilobite Vessel
Lynda K. Rockwood, Mining the Ellipse Series: above, Trilobite Vessel, below Strata Plane (2002) marine fossils, lead, hydrostone, [Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle WA, Apr 30-May 30]

Lynda K. Rockwood - Strata Plane

Lynda K. Rockwood’s first solo exhibition at Francine Seders Gallery is an extension of the artist’s ongoing work with the ellipse form. For the pieces in this sculptural series, Rockwood gave a new voice to her refined and technically immaculate sculptures by incorporating trilobites, ammonites and sea urchins. She is also taking negative casts of the fossils to create new bronze works.

The artist visited the Burgess Shell Quarry and other regions of the Canadian Rockies to explore fossil themes. Rockwood hopes that her work will motivate people to be aware of their intimate relation to earth as well as the fossils’ vulnerability to extinction: of an original 10,000 species of cephalopods, only 600 exist today.

In pieces like Trilobite Vessel, Rockwood builds forms from cast hydrostone and sheet lead. The surfaces, covered by sheet lead, are as smooth and sensuous as skin. The lead also references atomic or radioactive energy. Marine fossils and strata formations are set into recessed areas of the lead surface.

In addition to the fossil works, Rockwood uses her signature ellipse motif in pieces that employ lotus leaf imagery and draw upon the symbolic history and beauty of the lotus. The exhibit includes a series of Leaf Drawings on mylar, as well as Trace Drawings in hydrostone. The dynamics between materials and forms give these works strength. Natural materials and clean forms combine in sculptures that are elegant and peaceful.


Allyn Cantor

 Wed, Apr 7, 2004