Description: The "Beastie Boys" were originally carved with a chain saw out of box elder wood, a somewhat "scrub wood" that grows along the creeks in rural Montana. Phoebe Knapp works in wood primarily because it has life, history and radiates warmth. It's a difficult material to obtain living in eastern Montana and is subject to checking, especially as the artist does not laminate but carves or saws into entire logs or large chunks of wood. Wood has its own energies and forces however, and helps the sculptures take on a life of their own, which the casting in bronze has enhanced.
Phoebe Knapp is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a third generation rancher near Fort Smith, Montana. "If it is true that a sense of place arises from one's personal landscape, the sense of Knapp's (sculptural installations) 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.
Material: Bronze cast Boxelder wood
Dimensions: Variable - H61'' W24'' D24''