This week's LMD/studio Spotlight Artist is Phoebe Knapp.
Knapp's works are monumental in scale, yet intimate in affect. Wood is her choice material, she says "it is a living, flawed material that is as vital now as it was in antiquity." An intense relationship with Nature is palpable in works such as 'Gate'(image below) where a bold line intersects a circular figure to create a form that frames the landscape whilst simultaneously becoming it.
After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, and doing a post graduate study at California College of Art, Knapp returned to Montana where she works as a third-generation rancher. "If it is true that a sense of place arises from one's personal landscape, the sensibility of Knapp's [works] arise from the artist's inherent exuberance, joyous intellectual curiosity, deep respect for ancient belief systems and rituals, and a passion for the heroic scale of the West," says Elizabeth Guheen, curator, Yellowstone Art Museum.
LMD/studio is pleased to be showing Knapp's 'Beastie Boys' (images above and below) four massive bronze casts made from hand-carved Boxelder Tree trunks. The sculptures are singular works, but as a group they envelop the viewer in a claw-like grasp. Chainsaw marks can be seen across the varied textures of the sculptures surface. But the pieces also retain remnants of the morphology of the trees; the forms that took hundreds of years to develop along the riverbanks of Montana.