'Standing Figure from Women in the Sun'
1988 - metal: bronze
Grounds For Sculpture presented a one-person exhibition of Leonda Finke's sculpture in the spring of 2001. Two cast bronzes, 'Standing Figure' and 'Seated Figure' from her 'Women in the Sun Series', were featured in the exhibition and are now fittingly installed outdoors on the sculpture pad in the park. These expressive figures are not idealized; they are women who show age and wear. She has managed to convey a quiet stillness along with a powerfully emotive quality in the two sculptures. Posed in self-reflection, unaware of others, they turn and lift their faces toward the sun seeking energy and "warmth after the winter . . . giving thanks in greeting yet another season of the sun in our life cycle." This artist chooses women as her subject matter because she can knowingly portray their struggles, their self-discovery, their inner psyche. Concerned as much with shape in space as with women's inner thoughts, Finke fits the figures with thin clinging garments serving to accent or hide form.
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