As the year 2018 comes to a close, I am busy working out some of the ideas that have been underway since last Fall. This two-tiered cast is the latest and I’m pretty excited to apply it to some new forms coming up early in the new year.
It's been a busy Summer so far and I've been working like crazy to get things done for my exhibition at Rosalux Gallery in NE Minneapolis.
I've been dreaming up some new forms and new directions for slip-cast lace forms: More to come TBA!
Betsy Alwin is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thank to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Betsy Alwin will create new public sculptures that visually explore the relationship between the concepts of strength and fragility. Made from pigmented cast concrete forms and steel, the exterior of the cast forms will be made of lace pattern and be structurally supported by welded and painted rebar. The sculpture will be informed by architectural and infrastructural objects from the built environment.
I'm honored to be showing a brand new sculpture in this exhibition along side some great artists:
I'll also be showing my Rocket (A Way to Face the Sky) at the Landmark Center in St. Paul as part of their Summer Exhibition programming.
Disarming a Violent Personal History
I just showed this work in the MCAD faculty show. The work incorporates wood and rebar and does so in a way that I'm really excited about: feels right and exciting!
I was inspired a few years ago by the amazing work by Tunga, a Brazilian sculptor whose work incorporated mixed media. I had been working with the ceramic lace forms and these works were developing with the addition of painted rebar. His work reinforced my decision to move in a mixed media direction, working with materials that supported the conceptual ideas I wanted to convey. Since then, I have been incorporating new textures and materials and taking a more installation approach.
This is the slip after being cast. The detail turned out beautifully; not bad for a plaster mold. The possibilities have opened up greatly!
I'm really excited for this new slab mold! Preparing for a slip-casting mold this size requires some preparation. This mold will be a slab of plaster 36" x 24" x 1.5." For support as well as convenience, the rebar reinforcements serve as handles to flip the mold.
If you're in NYC this mid-October, come check this show out. Great work by great artists, I'm so honored to be included.
My new studio in Minnesota! I'm still renovating and building it out (thanks Frank, for the lights!) but I'm super psyched to be working on new work and knowing that I won't be tossed out in the street after my lease ends!
I'll be showing a new work in a group show in New York this October; details coming soon!