About / Visual Arts / Silent Poems, Anita Huffington
Works by Anita Huffington.
September - December 13, 2010
Devata, 2007, Phoenix, 2001, River God, 2006
I do direct carving in stone and make bronzes, often using the stone as part of the process. My sculpture is usually based on the human form, primarily the female nude. I often carve torsos or fragments of the body, believing that the part can be as expressive as the whole. The sculptures are in a sense totem objects that celebrate our ordinary every day life. Their function, as in prehistoric or primitive sculpture, is to reveal and revere -- to make magic. We can see in nature an organic energy and essential beauty, a power that has the force of a religious experience: an illumination, an intuitive flash wherein we glimpse our original nature. In my sculpture, through reduction and simplicity of form, balance and tension, and interaction with the material, I seek this revelation.
To name it always falls short. One must use contradiction and paradox, freely choosing elements from the rational and the intuitive, classical and romantic, abstract and figurative, beginning each time with the unknown.
My sculpture is my response to nature and art. There is a long struggle to develop the skill and vision that allows the freedom for a spontaneous response. It is based on intimate experience with the sensual, tactile images of life, but not solely dependent on the visible. Working through the known to the unknown, I use the human form, and sometimes animals, to penetrate the mystery and express spirit.
What interests me most is the timeless element in the art of all periods and places My sculpture has always been a composite and synthesis of elements drawn from nature and the history of art. With sandstone in particular (perhaps affected by their rude nature), I seem to move backward through time from classical to archaic to prehistoric-- to the unknown form in the formless. Through more and more reduction, down to elemental forces of rock and earth, I seek a unity that expresses something more than the visible.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in 1934 in Baltimore, Maryland, Huffington lived and worked in New York City before moving to a log cabin in the woods of the Arkansas Ozarks. She attended the University of North Carolina, Bennington College, and the University of South Florida, and received a B.A. and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York.
She has mounted numerous one-person exhibitions of her work including 8 exhibitions at Jonathan O’Hara Gallery, New York. Her work has been shown nationally including at Benton Gallery, Southampton, NY; Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX; and Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR. A monograph of her work with photographs by David Finn was published in 2007.
She has been awarded the Governor’s Individual Artist Award (2005); the Jimmy Ernst Award in
Art, American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY; a La Napoule Art Foundation Residency, La Napoule, France, and an Arkansas Arts Council fellowship recognizing artistic accomplishment. Her work is represented in diverse collections including the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Karla Scherer Foundation, Detroit, Michigan; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL;
Morris Museum, Augusta, GA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR.
Artist Website www.anitahuffington.com