Sculpture with Spirit…

“My main aim with sculpting is to illustrate my world view. I see the world as infused with spirit. It’s what gives people that presence that allows you to be aware of someone staring at you – even when you can’t see them. I believe everything in the universe has it – some forms perhaps more similar to ours, so more recognizable, but I like to find and illustrate the spirit within things. My hope is that you can feel it when you look at or touch my pieces and that feeling enriches your life as you live with it.”

ANA BOKSTROM • SCULPTOR

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Capturing the Essence

My latest work I call LifeFORMS – it is more abstract, but I’m still striving to find the spirit within things. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it is that makes things “feel” alive – even when you can’t be certain they are. I’ve explored this by playing with forms that aren’t identifiable as anything in particular and yet they seem to be based on a life form of some sort.

Sculptural and Functional

The functional pieces are made with organically throw slabs wrapped around hand made soft forms. This allows me to have a smooth form of a relatively consistent size but each piece is unique, soft and natural. They are glazed with natural tones and oxides resulting in shapes and colours that could have been formed by mother nature herself.

“ I see the world as infused with spirit. I like to find and illustrate the spirit within things. My hope is that you can feel it when you look at or touch my pieces and that feeling enriches your life as you live with it.”

ANA BOKSTROM • SCULPTOR

Figurative

Ana’s figurative sculpture is seldom a body that you would call conventionally beautiful – she likes to find beauty in the unlikely places. The girth of a sumo wrestler, an exploration of well endowed woman – even an insect.

Masks

Ana’s masks are an expression of the cultural and spiritual heritage of a whole range of places she’s visited… or maybe only dreamed about. She uses a process she invented using paperclay over soft forms, fired in a range of kilns – electric, wood or raku as well as pit firing.

Ana’s masks are generally quite powerful and archetypal though she sometimes does playful pieces.

Abstract

Sometimes exploring the spirit with is more interesting when you strip away everything but the simplest form. Can you still express the life within without the ability to identify the specifics of the lifeform?

Ana’s LifeFORMS and the SEEDS series explore this concept.