Limited Edition Bronze . . Edition of 50
Size . . 36"H x 55"W x 48"D
by M.L. Snowden
Description: Rare and magnificent bronze sculpture by the acclaimed sculptor M.L. Snowden. "Sea Creates" Signed and Numbered by The Artist.
originally over $130,000.00
M.L. Snowden, the ultimate protégé of Auguste Rodin, has spent her life surrounded by sculpture. Her earliest memories and every waking moment of her life include sculpture. From the age of four, she played in her father's sculpture studio watching him with the unwavering attention of a child enthralled and enchanted. At the age of seven she began working with clay along side her father.
|M.L. Snowden has spent her life surrounded by sculpture. Some of her earliest memories and every waking moment of her life include sculpture. From the age of four, she played in her father's sculpture studio watching him with the unwavering attention of a child enthralled and enchanted. At the age of seven she began working with clay along side her father.
"Clay is a magic material. It's a mystery. Rodin saw it for himself when he came upon clay, that this was like an epiphany. It was this transformation, this fire that occurred. Everything that you are and you intend comes through and it's still a mystery to me how what I feel evidences itself in what I have made."
As she grew, she learned Rodin's transcendental sculpting techniques from her father, George Holburn Snowden, who had in turn been a favored student of Robert George Eberhard, a protg of the great French sculptors Auguste Rodin, Anton Mercie and Victor Peters. Each of the generations -- the French masters, Swiss-born Eberhard, and American-born George Snowden -- has contributed to the evolution of a unique heritage of sculpting that finds its contemporary expression through the spectacular works of M.L. Snowden.
Part of that heritage comes through the original sculpting tools of Auguste Rodin that have been passed from mentor to protg for three generations. The tools, some of which she uses in sculpting her own works, are a symbol for Snowden -- a symbol of the awe-inspiring foundation upon which her work is based. They provide a physical connection with the artistic inheritance that has been passed down to her and represent the utter devotion to sculpture of the artists who are part of Rodin's legacy.
"I'm not a product of an art school. I'm not a product of having really studied with someone. I'm a product of a life immersed that has come through someone else who has lived their whole life with this, to someone else who has lived their whole life with this. And that was Rodin, that was Eberhard, and that was my father. I feel that I've been passed a torch, and that's very, very exciting."
|Snowden's own devotion to sculpture has been acknowledged through the awards that have been bestowed upon her and her work. At the age of 36, she received the inaugural Alex Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society for "Lifetime Achievement in American Sculpture". In 1992, she was awarded the world's most prestigious sculpture prize -- the International Rodin Competition Special Grand Prize -- for her sculpture "Cataclasis". Early in her career, she was awarded post-graduate study grants to the Vatican Collections in Rome , the Uffizi in Florence , Italy and the Louvre in Paris.
Her current body of work, which began with "Tectonics" in 1989, follows a geological theme. Each piece humanizes the forces in nature which lead to the formation and evolution of our Earth. Snowden's sculptural genius evidences itself in her ability to personify these forces and allow the viewer to feel and intuitively understand phenomena that is otherwise only accessible as abstract geological science.
In the same forms, she communicates the nobler side of man's endeavors and issues a call to humanity, challenging us to recognize certain truths that are universal to all creation - whether it be organic or geologic in nature.
"The geological program is the beginning stepping stone. The heroic possibilities of man; the risks and courage of striving; the fire and passion of creative enterprises; the spiritual force of men as they struggle for the actuation of their plans and work; these horizons are bundled into the sinew of the clay."
|M.L. SNOWDEN SCULPTURE
|Meteorite, the first sculpture of M.L. Snowdens Celestial Array collection, joins with Starfire Polaris as important milestones in the art of lost wax bronze casting. In Meteorite, through a dramatic composition, the sculptor has shaped interplanetary matter transformed to flame upon its entry into earths atmosphere. No other sculpture evokes such a vivid, fateful moment wherein the terrestrial and extraterrestrial meet. In its larger context, Meteorite contemplates the supreme moment of creation. As a composition, Meteorite exists seed-like in form, complete in its beginning that in turn, evokes immense possibilities arising at the moment of its ending.
Meteorite, as a sculptural meditation, expresses M.L. Snowdens central idea that the very substance of humankind, stars, planetary masses and bronze are created of the same interrelated yet differently arranged elements.
Using no models or references to express form, Snowden sculpts Meteorite in a kaleidoscope of moods, motions and forms; the whole composition is sculpted against the resistance of wind and gravity. Striated patterns of rapidly expanding and escalating release are written in figural torsions of atmospheric descension and abstraction.
In Meteorite, the drama of self protection in the fury of downward flight is apparent. Set within its gestural evocation sculpted at the moment just before impact, is a central figure that rises upwards; a figural energy summary that intuits an almost tangible mystery as to its god-like identity and benevolence. In this figure, it is possible to contemplate the ideal celestial nature inherent in the gifts of the earth - in tandem with modern science as it continues to explore the viable concept that earths water and life itself was delivered to our planet from the mysteries of deep space by way of Meteorites.
Meteorite has been sculpted by Snowden into new levels of metallurgical virtuosity The hands alone, exhibit dramatic energy patterning, and seem as if they are shaped by uprising winds alone. Meteorites long vertical weight is offset by a slight curve that balances the structure just before impact. M.L. Snowden invented the protocols and specific foundry wax that makes the casting of Meteorite possible.
From important roots in the Paris studios of Rodin and Antonin Merci, Snowden brings to Meteorite the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools that were used to shape the dynamic, immortal planes of Meteorite.
Text: Di Sulio