At Saint-Gaudens

'Natural Forces' exhibit shaped by the elements

May 30. 2018 12:39PM
“My Water Foot Print,” Clive Moloney, 2018 

CORNISH — Three artists sculpted their reactions to the fields, woods and rolling topography of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

“Natural Forces: Three Sculptors Respond,” featuring the work of Fabienne Lasserre, Rosalyn Driscoll and Clive Moloney, opens Saturday with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at the park, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road. A conversation with the artists will take place at 4:30 p.m.

The pieces on view reflect the artists’ impressions of the outdoors, but those perspectives are expected to change over time as elements like rain and wind further shape how each piece looks.

Lasserre, the 2017 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellow, uses geometric shapes in her large abstract sculptures. The Montreal native and Brooklyn, N.Y., resident has exhibited both in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and Canada.

Driscoll, with help from her chief fabricator and woodworker, Christopher Lenaerts, uses organic, floating forms and integrates the landscape and imagery derived from Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s drapery studies. Driscoll, who lives in western Massachusetts, is a member of Sensory Sites, an international collective based in London. Recent work looks at the biological, geological, and mythological world of spring water.

Moloney, who lives and runs a studio in Boston, creates site-specific installations using organic materials that chemically change over time. Hit installation for the Cornish showing is titled “Your Water Footprint,” and is meant to represent water consumption and conservation.

Presented by the Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, the exhibition will remain on view through Oct. 21 at the historic site, which is managed by the National Park Service.

For more information, npa.gov/saga.


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