Auckland-based artist Vicky Savage has created three new sculptures that respond in part to our collective experiences during the many challenges and changes of 2020. The works express positivity, reflection, and the gravity of circumstance while shining a light on the ways we have found balance and looked toward brighter days ahead.
A Moment of Reflection
Bronze on marble base, 260 x 160mm
Bronze & gold leaf on marble base, 370 x 280mm
On The Horizon
Bronze on marble base, 175 x 390mm
The Golden Moment – Pohutukawa
Bronze & gold leaf, 435 x 460mm
In A Moment of Reflection, a bronze figure looks into a golden reflective space, viewing and being present in ‘the now’, while the future is unwritten. The viewer too is able to glance into this space and find their present moment reflected back, a reminder that we are here in ‘the now’.
The second of the works in bronze, On the Horizon, celebrates looking forward. A towering collection of bronze bubbles carries a figure high as he looks toward the future. While predominantly joined and bound together, the bubbles are individual, working together to hold the figure aloft, a metaphoric and poetic pillar of facing challenges.
Anticipation features two figures reaching for each other, one extending a beautiful golden kauri leaf to the other. The pair are working together from a distance, finding balance to stay strong upon a bronze beam that appears to teeter atop a conical support set on marble. The joyful glimmer of the gilded kauri leaf illuminates the bronze sculpture, a sense of light and promise between the two figures, and us the viewer too.
These sculptures are currently on display at Parnell Gallery and can also be viewed online (link below). A selection will also be shown at the Auckland Art Fair (24-28 February)