Natural Materials | Sculptural Installations

From sprouting seeds in soil, to saplings and tree limbs, natural materials are the building blocks of my sculptural work. Weather inspired by, or made of natural materials, these pieces are designed to reconnect us with the environment.

“When one thing tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”- John Muir

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Murmuration

Murmuration is the formation of  thousands of birds gathering together in flight.

I had thought of this type of formation when working on this particular installation called, “Murmuration”

Murmuration on stretched canvas.

Murmuration on stretched canvas.

Murmuration Installation

Murmuration Installation

 

Murmuration Installation

Murmuration Installation

 

 

I love this murmuration caught on video by Sophie Windsor Clive & Liberty Smith: Murmuration

Also an interesting body of work by Christopher Jobson that isolates the flight path of birds.

 

Sculptural Installations With Found Materials

I find it challenging to make artwork out of unlikely materials and find the responses of viewers delightful -when they finally recognize what they are looking at. Because my relationship with the natural world is at the forefront of my practice, I use natural and found materials, principals of alchemy, and ecology to design and build sculpture and sculptural environments. Sometimes, sheer abundance of available materials inspires me to stack, string, layer, knot, or weave natural and found materials into tactile, sculptural objects- much like the work of a bowerbird. Other times, it may be an unforgettable cluster of fungi, discovered on a walk that drives me to create an orchestration of obsessively crafted, co-joined, small components that mimic a natural formation. The sculptural forms I create exhibit both worldly and unworldly characteristics, that are meant to be oddly familiar.  In an interview with a fellow artist and videographer, Linda Lewitt, I talk about how and why I incorporate found and natural materials in my work.

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Pysanky; Ukrainian Decorated Egg Workshop

Introductory Pysanky for Adults & Teens

– with Susan Benarcik

Detail 2Wednesday 25th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thursday 26th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday 27th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday 28th 1 pm – 4 pm

Sunday 29th 1 pm – 4 pm

 

In this three hour workshop, we will explore the of basics of pysanky; a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.  You’ll learn how to use the wax stylus to draw traditional or contemporary designs on eggs, and use the strong dyes to color eggs just in time for Easter celebrations. The eggs keep for a year so long as there are no cracks.

This class is for beginner teens and adults.

$50.00 – class fee

$12.00 – Take home kit to continue project

DSCN3420 DSCN3434 DSCN3439GroupVisit the Highlands Art Garage Event Calendar to click the “Buy Now” button below to register for a three hour workshop of your choice:

http://highlandsartgarage.com/events/2015-03/

Collage, Gouache & Encaustic

In response to the Facebook Art Challenge, there is expressed interest in seeing more of my collage, encaustic and gouache work, I’m happy to know that there is so much appreciation for this type of work. My NEW web site is under construction, and the current website susanbenarcik.com doesn’t cover the collage, encaustic, and gouache work in it’s entirety, so I’m posting a gallery for you here on my WordPress blog, and will continue to do so for five days, in conjunction with the Facebook challenge.

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Sky Frame @ 2 Commerce Square; Sculptural Installations 

It’s not a secret, but you can’t go see it… yet. I have two large scale sculptural installations-  the kind that take forever to install, and are largely dependent on the space they will inhabit. In this case, it’s the 32nd floor of a high-rise building in center city Philadelphia… and  it’s AWESOMELY unfurnished! Thanks to a new partnership between InLiquid and Brandywine Realty Trust, the 32nd floor of 2 Commerce Square now offers more than just 360° views of the city. Now, the skyline has a byline of works by InLiquid artist members.

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A Flexible Perspective, Susan Benarcik, jute, dye, and carboard
Susan Benarcik hand-crafts architectural sculptures using discarded man-made and natural materials. Her work explores natural forms, mimicking nature in a way that the objects are at once natural-looking and other-worldly.

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The Ocean’s Whisper to Me, Linda Celestian, silk, dye, nylon, and thread
Drawing inspiration from aerial photography, personal memory, and contact with various bodies of water, Linda Celestian’s sculptures evoke the organic flow of natural form.

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T’s Wheel (Or Why I Don’t Believe In Infinite Growth), Leah Reynolds, rabbit skin glue and pigment, deer netting
Leah Reynolds is a fiber artist making large scale installations from colorful, handmade, translucent materials. Often site-specific, her work is sensitive to place and to the scale of the human body, inviting the view to interact with the sculpture and the space it creates.

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Surprise… Darla Jackson, polyurethane resin
Through the anthropomorphism of animals, the use of strong body language of figures, and the use of symbolism, Darla Jackson creates approachable sculptures that are simultaneously familiar, odd, and compelling.

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This Time Next Week, Buy Shaver, acrylic paint
Buy Shaver has a varied visual arts background that includes Eastern and Western painting, graphic arts, exhibition design, and conceptually based installation art. He creates site-specific text-based work, as well as work on canvas and paper.

2 Commerce Square, 32nd Floor 2001-2005 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/partner-projects/sky-frame-2-commerce-square/

Challenge Yourself: Continuing Education at DCAD

2015 DCAD CatalogueWhat are you waiting for, the Spring classes at Delaware College of Art and Design are awesome… especially mine. No art experience is necessary.

Are you inspired by nature, but don’t really know how to integrate it into your artwork?

Inspired By Nature: Organic Forms | 2D & 3D  is the class for you! Investigate, recreate, and design 2 and 3 dimensional organic designs.

New Mediums | New Perspectives  introduces you to some creative processes that will challenge and delight you. Bring an open mind and  prepare to be astounded with the results!

See pages 13 -14 and sign up today for some winter fun:

http://www.dcad.edu/site/continuing_education/course_listing/overview

About DCAD: http://www.dcad.edu/site/about_dcad/overview

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