Cornelia Kavanagh

Cornelia Kavanagh

April 14 - June 24, 2010

Connecticut and Virgin Islands sculptor Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh will exhibit her sculptures from April 14 – May 9. As a sculptor, Kavanagh’s instinct is to render personal responses to life in form.  For years she attempted to find inspiration within the tradition of organic abstraction, carving sculpture in the manner of Arp, Brancusi and Moore.  Until very recently, Kavanagh’s work has been motivated by the beauty found in natural shapes and the human figure. Today, however, celebrating natural beauty per se no longer satisfies her.  She feels a need to search for beauty in all aspects of nature, even those manifested by epic disasters.

The TSUNAMI PROJECT, a solo exhibition created in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, was Kavanagh’s first large-scale effort to attempt to reconcile water’s inherent fluid grace with its horrific capacity for destruction.  Exhibited in September 2006, at the Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC, the show was favorably reviewed in the December 2006 issue of Sculpture Magazine.

The TSUNAMI PROJECT has led to a sculptural exploration of the devastating effect of Arctic Ice melt, focusing on ice tunnels called moulins that are formed when melt water rushes through glacial crevasses.   These Moulin sculptures were previewed at The American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY, during the International Polar Weekend, February 7 – 8, 2009.  In September 2009, a complete sculptural installation called “ARCTIC ICE MELT: Moulins of My Mind,” will be featured at the Blue Mountain Gallery, NY, NY.

Kavanagh will receive an honorary degree from Pine Manor College at Commencement May 9. Her website is www.corneliakavanagh.com.

Artist's Gallery Talk: Wednesday, April 14, 11:30 am