"The original wax and mixed-media sculpture of "Tors" is composed of multiple sea urchins found on the rocky coastline of Newfoundland near the village of Tors Cove."Marianne Weil/2002
ABOUT ECOARTNET GUEST-ARTIST:
Trained by artisans in the village where Michelangelo quarried and carved marble, Marianne learned the ancient tradition of carving and casting bronzes over 25 years ago in Pietrasanta, Italy. Her sculptures are created directly in wax and cast in bronze using the "lost wax" process. Unlike most sculptors who cast their works in editions, Weil casts each piece uniquely from the original wax-and- mixed media sculpture, finishing and patinating the work herself in her studio.
"Ms. Weil's two-and three-dimensional pieces suggest in their textures and patina an ancient narrative frieze or ceremonial relic..." Liz Wood/The Suffolk Times
"...Whether freestanding or emerging as relief elements embedded in a background slab, her images combine found and invented shapes...caught in the gray area between the organic and mineral realms...like fossils or primitive life forms trapped in amber, Ms. Weil's intriguing specimens have overtones of both biology and geology." Helen Harrison, New York Times.
"...Unlike many artists who work in bronze, after her pieces have been cast by the foundry, Weil does all the finishing, chasing and patina work herself...While (she) incorporates natural materials into her bronzes, there is something distinctly deliberate in the placement of this materials that speaks to civilizations now long departed from the terrain we think we know so well. Whether inspired by the Polynesians whose sacred rock structures still dot the Hawaiian landscape, or the megaliths of Brittany, for Marianne Weill, the voice of the ancients speak across oceans and time". Annette Kinkle, Sag Harbor Express