Does nature conceal an underlying three-dimensional visual alphabet? How can nature teach us her language? How do we use her language of form in sculpture making? This class explores development of 3-D ideas through nature’s alphabet by creating small maquettes. Students may work with any material to scale up their maquettes. This class is recommended for anyone who wants to explore new ideas, learn more about nature’s underlying geometric alphabet, develop maquettes in a collaborative environment, or find a new way to make art. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to sculpture means that the final work can be an abstract sculpture assembled with a variety of inspiring sculptural materials and interpreted with a poetic statement.
Silya Kiese’s lively demonstrations and lectures on contemporary sculpture, live art, and installations have inspired many students. Ms. Kiese attended The Art Students League of New York and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her M.F.A.
A distinguished lecturer in art, philosophy, and art history, Ms. Kiese has spoken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, School of Visual Arts, the University of California, Los Angeles, Rutgers University, and the Silvermine Guild Art Center. She was a visiting artist and lecturer at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Seattle Pacific University, Evergreen State College, and University of California, Berkeley. Her life-size sculptures, light art, and installations are exhibited internationally.