Sharon Loper Grounds For Sculpture Permanent Collection

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Grounds For Sculpture Permanent Collection
Exhibition Catalogue excerpt
By Christine Finkelstein

The cast bronze by Sharon Loper, Interior #5: Isolation, is an expressive, psychological study of a nude female figure. Communicating through body language, the work depicts a thin woman emotionaly and physicaly withdrawn, folded and crouched down in an introspective manner. The shifting, scintillating play of light on the varying textures and patinas activate the surface of the sculpture. The tactile quality tells of the artist's classical training and traditional additive technique, one of building upon a wire armature with softened, malleable clay, while the grace and quiet of the finished form speaks poetically. Through gesture and stance, Loper's work conveys universal humanisitic statements.

Loper is well-recognized as a sculptor in California, where she resides. Along with one-person shows at galleries in the Los Angeles area and New York City, her works have been exhibited recently in group shows in the United States and Europe. These include ones held at notable art institutions, such as the Historiches Museum der Stadt Vien in Vienna, the Museum Katten Kabinet in Amsterdam, Binghamton University Art Museum in New York, and UCLA's Armand Hammer Museum of Art. Loper is represented in various public collections and is entered in the National Museum of Women in the Arts Library and Research Center's "Archives on Women Artists."

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