2001 - metal: bronze
Cliff Ward has combined two art forms, dance and sculpture, in his work, 'Jubilant Dancer'. He has long admired the talents of dancers and choreographers like Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, and George Ballanchine and their ability to create an illusion of defying gravity. This strong interest in the lines, lightness, and grace of artistic and athletic movement has inspired Ward to produce a series of sculptures. Each figure in the series, including J'ubilant Dancer', is differentiated from the others through its actions and attire. Ward makes many of his "dancers" through a unique process that utilizes plastic wrap and various paper products; however, 'Jubilant Dancer' was cast in bronze from a plaster model.