Natural Forces: Three Sculptors Respond
The Trustees of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial are pleased to present the work of three artists, Fabienne Lasserre, Rosalyn Driscoll, and Clive Moloney. Natural Forces: Three Sculptors Respond includes outdoor sculptures they have created for the grounds of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. In creating these site-specific artworks, each artist has responded to the natural environment of the park—its fields, woods, and rolling topography. The sculptures are intended also to change due to variations in weather and natural forces such as rain and wind. Over the duration of the 2018 summer season the artists anticipate organic transformations in the appearance of their objects.
A conversation with the artists and the opening reception will take place on Saturday, June 2, at 4:30 p.m. This reception is open to the public. For a video of the conversation with the artists, please go to the park’s Facebook page.
The 2017 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellow, Fabienne Lasserre, uses geometric shapes in her large abstract sculptures. Lasserre’s works bring together the tactile and visual, the sculptural and pictorial, and the animate and inanimate. They ask the viewer to examine both positive and negative space and to explore different ways of looking (looking over, moving around, and peering under). Lasserre is a native of Montreal, where she received her BFA from Concordia University in 1996. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2004. Lasserre has exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions across the U.S. and Canada, and has been the recipient of many fellowships and grants, along with teaching appointments. Currently she lives in Brooklyn and is on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Rosalyn Driscoll focuses on the experience of the body, the perception of the senses, and the physical qualities of her materials. At the Saint-Gaudens site, with the assistance of Christopher Lenaerts, her chief fabricator and woodworker, she has created a work that uses organic, floating forms and integrates the landscape and imagery derived from Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s drapery studies. Driscoll is a member of Sensory Sites, an international collective based in London that generates exhibitions and installations to research and explore multi-sensory perception. Recent work looks at the biological, geological, and mythological world of natural spring water and water as an expressive element. Driscoll has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions all over the world, and has been the recipient of many fellowships and grants. She has also published extensively, and lives and works in western Massachusetts.
Clive Moloney creates site-specific installations using organic materials that chemically change over time. He attempts to slow the viewer down and urges a response to local environments. For his exhibition at the Saint-Gaudens site Moloney has taken the opportunity to work with water and respond to the environment in a purely conceptual way, exploring the idea of the water footprint. The installation, titled Your Water Footprint, visually represents the personal water consumption of the artist as well as the average person and aims to raise public awareness of water conservation. Born in Ireland, Moloney completed his BFA in sculpture at Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007 and his MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of many awards