Maryl marvels at the magnitude of their sculptures
|Nathalie Decoster Carol Friedmann Carolyn Palmer|
|Decoster's current work at Alain Ducasse's Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle in France|
|Decoster's work at the Mandarin Oriental in Macau|
After some schooling in art, Nathalie Decoster trained with a mentor who taught her most of what she needed to know. Sculpture has always been her first love. Her work is installed all over the world. Nathalie was particularly moved in 2001 to be invited by Alain Ducasse to stay at L'Abbaye de la Celle, a place for her of delicate pleasure and tranquility. It is here where she installed La Condition Humaine, that parallels the life of mankind and that of nature.
|Gloria Friedman's work at the Maeght Museum, Saint-Paul de Vence, France|
Gloria Friedmann's Play-Back d'Eden exhibition of older and mostly newer works at the Maeght Foundation explore man's rootless with nature and the violent history at the beginning of the last century. Gloria was trained in film and then became a self taught photographer before exploring sculpture, painting and installations.
|Carolyn Friedman's Bronze Statue, Thomas Jefferson|
After finishing college Carolyn Palmer went on to study art extensively throughout Europe before returning to upstate New York. Aside from her private collection work, her public commissions can be seen at the Sanford/Orlando Airport of the Wright Brothers and in the lobby of the Jefferson Center in Syracuse, N.Y. of Thomas Jefferson himself. She has just completed busts of Eleanor and F.D. Roosevelt for the FDR Presidential Library in Hyde Park of which she talks about in a recent interview. She is currently working on a life size park scene of Vice President Joe Biden and Govenor Robert Casey for their hometown of Scranton, Pa.
Art is technical as well as creative
Dartmouth University celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Hopkins Center for the Arts and asked nine of their engineering students (mostly women) to describe how they bring art and engineering together. They concluded it's ideas plus inspirations processed logically and creatively at the same time. The American Association of University Women published a 2010 report, aptly titled Why So Few?, that disclosed that it's stereotyping and cultural biases that impede women from choosing and advancing in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Sculptors can be considered artists or engineers, can be males or females, but it's their own sensibilities and skills reflected in the art that transcends all else in the end.
Upon exiting the Maeght Foundation you encounter a fountain by Pol Bury that I found rather mesmerizing. The artist had a very dramatic, varied yet successful career. I took note that Pol actually scored higher in his science classes than those in art but it's his art that lives on. I saw both in this tranquilizing sculpture.
(Gloria Friedman sculpture photos by Svetlana Blasucci)