This six-foot terra cotta sculpture is hollow and stands over a single support. The work reflects the variety of tools used by the artist. Clay was pulled, pressed, and dragged to build the forms, silhouettes, and motifs of an abstract figure whose interrelationships express the process of its creation. The artist’s choice of material relates directly to the natural world. The piece captures the dualities of strength and fragility and vitality and stillness in both its creation and expression.
Marilyn Friedman studied at the Art Students League of New York, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the University of Siena, Italy. She has received numerous grants and awards for her works from organizations such as the National Academy of Design, the National Sculpture Society, and the National Arts Club. Marilyn Friedman’s work is in many private collections. She has also created commissioned sculptures for Kohler, Lufthansa, and Absolut. She has taught sculpture at Parsons School of Design and Montoya Art Studios, and is currently teaching at the Art Students League of New York.