Sculpture 4 - Inner Beauty by Cathy Perry
Artist: Cathy Perry
The skeleton of the flower is as beautiful as the petals. 'Inner Beauty' portrays the delicacy and strength of a flower. The veins that carry life giving nutrients are as important as their glitter on the outside. This sculpture highlights this inner beauty through the twisted, curved and rolled steel rods. The humble use of the steel rods shows the minimalist beauty within flowers.
The dynamics of a domestic environment, cycles of the natural world, and portrayal of childhood are explored through the use of plant materials captured in bronze. Natural materials I use for the bronze casting are in a specific state of transition such as the verge of bloom, at full flower or going to seed. The work represents growing up on a farm in southwestern Kentucky with my mother and five sisters. It is connected to family life which cycled through many generations of traditions. Sticks, twigs, and pods found in nature are woven together using different techniques to portray my memories of these experiences. My childhood memories with five sisters on the family farm, and the transition to a single parent family are expressed through this body of work.