Elevating Nature – Experiments in Wood, Steel & Brass by Sculptor Martha Sturdy
There’s no doubt that our experiences and our surroundings will seep in to our work. There isn’t a time that I can remember where I’ve looked through the bio of a creative and have not seen all the influences right there in front of me. Most of the time, if not always, artists are working from a point of suffering that they are trying to put in order or directly shape from their own viewpoint.
Martha Sturdy is a talented sculptor and artist from Vancouver, British Columbia, who has spent most of her life inspired by the nature that surrounds her. This closeness to nature has become a vital part of her work and has gone on to inspire most of her forms, using a mixture of wood, steel, and brass as a tool to explore nature and the human form.
I think it’s interesting to note the plinths that are often used to elevate the work and showcase the unique shapes that are created in collaboration between a human and nature itself. A few influences seem to be Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, and Franz Kline, all of which have been combined to make her own unique style that’s a combination of painting and sculpture. Here are a few of my favourite pieces from her portfolio that I thought I would bring over today for you, more can be seen on the link below. Enjoy.