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Inside the Artist’s Studio with June Szabo

Most of my work begins with the natural world, often in a particular landscape. Sometimes a place finds me and sometimes I look for a location that illustrates the idea I am working on. I spend many hours exploring and researching the history and geology that formed the place I have chosen. I find myself making comparisons and creating metaphors between the events that shaped the land and the actions that shape our lives.

Artist June Szabo

Artist June Szabo

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Inspiration

To understand what each place has to teach me, I write about the connections I make in poetry and prose. The following contemplation on the purpose of scars was a comparison between glacial formations (scars on the land) and the scars that we carry.

Relics of Our Story – Mendon
June B W Szabo

Considering the damage we do to ourselves and others;
I looked to the landscape to ponder the purpose of scars.
Above and below the surface is a record of events that have left a lasting impression:
Kettles, kames and eskers, are divots, knobs and welts,
caverns, caves and sinkholes are mania and despair.
Forgotten and remembered these marks and inklings are the relics of our story,
scars and impressions resolved and unresolved.
When we stop scratching, scraping and digging like a glacier,
our wounds begin to heal.

"Relics of our Story – Mendon"

“Relics of our Story – Mendon”

The process I use to create my sculpture is also a metaphor for a connection between nature and human behavior. The layers of wood, which give my forms depth and dimension, reflect growth in nature and the layering of the earth. Wood sculptures are formed by cutting and stacking lumber, which is joined with glue, clamps and wooden dowels. Each layer in a landscape sculpture represents an elevation on a topographical map.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

In addition to wood sculptures, such as the one seen in Land & Sea, I also weave. Weaving creates thousands of connections and intersections. I warp my loom with copper wire and weave panels that are folded, pleated and bent into three dimensional forms. These bonds are sometimes unseen, but necessary for the final woven product to exist. They are a metaphor for the connections that hold our earth together.

Weaving

Weaving

Weaving

Weaving

For me each process has come to represent and illustrate the interrelated, interdependence of all things.

Comparison is the estimation of similarities and differences. Metaphor suggests a likeness as we speak about one thing as if it were another. My sculptures are reflections on questions that occur to me as I consider our place in the world. They take the shape of landscapes and natural forms. They may include an area that covers inches or hundreds of miles. The sculptures are not exact replicas of a particular place or thing, but partial abstractions representing ideas that surface as I consider each place and how it was created. They are comparisons between the forces and forms found in nature to human inclination and behavior.


June Szabo is one of 28 artists featured in “Land & Sea”, a national juried exhibition of landscapes and seascapes juried by Deirdre Aureden, director of programs and special projects at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY. The exhibition runs through June 29, 2018.

Inside the Artist’s Studio: At the Loom with Doerte Weber

My Lillstina loom at home

My Lillstina loom at home

Having returned to weaving after a long absence, I find myself inspired by Bauhaus Weavers. Most of these women entered the Bauhaus Community thinking they would produce art like the men using glass, metal and all the media we associate with the Bauhaus period. Instead, they were forced into weaving and having taught themselves how to weave, created beautiful and unique works of art. Like them, I am self taught and German. I have lived the past 29 years in San Antonio, Texas. I consider myself a structural weaver, using diverse modern materials with old traditional patterns.

I am inspired by my surroundings. In November of 2011, I had the good fortune to visit China. I was amazed at what I saw in Beijing. Here, old and new, traditional and modern style come together. You can see it in the buildings, big doors, and ample use of bamboo while skyscrapers reflected the sky with shiny glass.

modern day living

Modern Day Living; 2013; cotton warp, plastic bags, bamboo wood, novelty yarn, metal heddles, hand dyed cotton fabric; 30 in x 27 in x 0.5 in

This was the first piece I wove in the Series “Modern Day Living”. I enjoyed the variety of materials I could use and how they expressed my vision.

skyscrapper

Skyscraper; 2013; cotton warp, cotton ribbon, novelty yarn, bamboo wood, metal heddles; 29 in x 48 in x 0.5 in

Followed by a skyscraper and lastly by the piece you see in Structurally Speaking:

dysmorphic_disorder

Dysmorphic Disorder; 
2013; 
cotton warp, silk ribbon, bamboo sticks and clear plastic wrappers; 
89 in x 42 in x 1

When you first look at the piece, you see the symmetry. But if you take a closer look, you see a “difference” in the pattern of the green.

This series is still in progress. I am working on several smaller pieces to put together as an installation.

For more information on Doerte Weber you can visit her website at www.doerteweber.com. You can also learn more about her work on her blog or her Facebook page. Stop by to see her piece “Dysmorphic Disorder” in our current juried exhibition, Structurally Speaking.

Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by multimedia artist Denton Crawford.