FIlm Strip USA
18.5' x 32' x 16.5'
14' x 10' x 4'
How Six Grew to Four
13'x 5'x 4'
7'6" x 3'6" x 3'6"
8' x 9' x 21"
I have always loved the art of Origami, and when I was invited by the Mitsui Manufacturers Building to create an artwork for their lobby, I thought that I would use the concept of Origami to create a horse in stainless steel. I loved creating this sculpture.
Itzhak Perlman and Me
7.5" x 5.5"
A committee from The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott came to my studio to review my artwork. To my delight, I learned that they were interested in honoring Itzhak Perlman with an award praising him as a,"Tikkun Olam". Discussing the award, they supplied me with eight single lined typed pages, explaining "Tikkun Olam", which means, "repairing the world," or "perfecting the world".
Reading through the papers, I was reminded of my first encounter with Mr. Perlman. Many years ago, I watched him playing a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl. In my opinion, he puts his total soul in his music.
At the concerts conclusion, my husband and I, still in a state of euphoria, went walking back to our car. By an odd chance we came upon Mr. Perlman in the parking lot, standing in front of a trailer, behind a large folding table. At the front side of the table was a long line of physically handicapped children, excited to shake Mr. Perlman's hand and collect his autograph. We paused to take in this wonderful scene. After Mr. Perlman had performed such a strenuous and brilliant concert, he was again extending himself in what I would call an act of "Tikkun Olam".
With this inspirational memory, still in mind, I conceived the kind of award that would honor Mr. Perlman for his charitable behavior. One very important symbol for life is the Hebrew number eighteen called "Chai", this I thought would best suit my strongest visual concept for Perlman’s life. I would create eighteen highly polished shining figures in sterling silver to create his "Tikkun Olam" essence, reflecting his dazzling life of perfecting and repairing the world.
This is my homage to Itzhak Perlman.
SS-22 18.5' x 13.5' x 8'
Stainless Steel a Modern Miracle
One day many moons ago I decided to find a new bronze casting foundry.
A most compelling ad for foundries was in the Santa Monica, CA area. I took a wax sculpture with me and trotted off to the foundry. Entering the showroom I met George Wilson a foundry salesman, presenting my wax sculpture to him I asked if he could cast it in bronze? He said, " no but perhaps I would like to try casting the work in stainless steel?"
My immediate answer was, "oh no, stainless is for kitchen sinks and silverware".
He smiled condescendingly while explaining the merits of stainless steel, a beautiful material used in multiple applications and he couldn't begin to enumerate how many there were.
His foundry was casting airplane engines at the time and they were using a type of stainless steel called Hastelloy X, a nickel-chromium-iron-molybdenum alloy. He explained that the material was very expensive but he would make me a reasonable deal. I took up the challenge and agreed to try it.
When the casting was done, the foundry personnel sent me to another foundry, that made golf clubs, to learn the techniques of polishing my stainless castings. To my knowledge, I was the first person to cast fine art in stainless steel in the U.S.A. and I fell in love with the material and the various processes I went through to accomplish the desired finish.