My recent work explores a theme of mythological bird-figures in large- and small-scale sculpture. The simplified forms and human-bird portraits were initially inspired by ancient devotional images from Egypt, Greece, and Persia. They have grown naturally out of my earlier female figures and gestural tree forms.
To arrive at an expressive shape with psychological depth, I first create small sculptures in clay based on observation, intuitive gesture, and personal or historic references. Then I build life-size or larger sculptures in cement, metal, or transparent wire mesh. In these works, the additional use of portraits, mirrors, and reflective materials draws viewers into self-contemplation, while conveying a central, illuminated presence.
PUBLIC ART & COMMISSIONS 2010
Governor’s Island, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’Coalition, Brooklyn, NY, “Reflection Bench”
Chesterwood, MA, Richard Klein, Juror, “Blue Immortality”
SculptureNow, Lee, MA, “I Saw the Wind Within Her”
Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Garrison, NY, “Habitat for Birds”
Sarah Haviland’s honors and awards include a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the New York and New Jersey State Arts Councils, and residencies at Sculpture Space, Skowhegan, and Yaddo. Haviland earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Hunter College.
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