Thea Lanzisero Monier-Williams
My artwork is about finding a place of balance. I want to take you with me on a journey spiritually and intellectually through my installations with the hope of touching on what connects people, sparking memory, wonder and play. The motivation and materials create the balance- spiritual, mystical, ritual vs. logical, manmade, and scientific.
Starlight, the triad of steel and photovoltaic sculptures shown in 2006 at the Brooklyn Bridge State Park, are now on view as part of the Public Art Initiative in Huntington, NY. This sculptural grouping is based on the idea that we are connected with our universe. Each of the pod-like steel spheres is integrated with solar panels and lights and has surfaces covered with hundreds of welded primitive patterns. Harnessing and storing the suns gift of renewable energy during daylight hours to power the orbs to glow at night bring attention to the patterns of regeneration that emerge and reoccur throughout our natural world. A balance is created between the minimalist form, the welded primal surface drawings and the contemporary materials used to build the sculptures, creating a unique presence between the past and future. This installation is imbued with cyclical patterns, a reminder of the renewable, day to night, seed to sprout, star to supernova.
In thinking more about environmental issues regarding materials and message I stumbled upon bamboo growing unexpectedly where I live. This revelation of replenishing material has inspired a maze-like installation at Sculpture Key West (Jan 07) called Bamboo Wave, a three-dimensional drawing in space of bamboo walls interconnecting to form a wave pattern which the viewer walks into and through. This led to the creation of the Golden Spiral, a bamboo sculpture built on the footprint of the spiral created within the ancient architectural measurement of the golden mean. These temporary interactive installations are meant to engage the viewer physically and spiritually.