by Rene Muhl
March 4 – April 23, 2011
My sculptures range from installations to individual works of art. Whether site specific or autonomous, the sculptures address connectedness. Connectedness or entwinement is to make contact or come together. I am interested in experiences that connect us as human beings to each other and the environment. Some of my sculptures involve collaboration with community members who share a common interest, while other sculptures reflect how connected and entwined we are with the environment.
The sculpture “Lihaf” addresses the idea of entwinement through shared interests. In earlier centuries women came together as a community to work and socialize. They often gathered to work collectively in creating quilts. Members of the quilting group contributed scrapes of cloth that often had their own history and together the women used their hands to create a quilt that might depict a story or use repeated patterns. The making of a quilt connected the women while their hands worked in unison to tell a story and create a utilitarian product which many now consider works of art.
In collaboration with the women of the Franklin Residential Facility in Fort Worth, Ardeth Muhl, Carla Brown, Elaine Elkins, Mario Behlau, Roberta Bower, Sue Lankford, and Thelma Elkins, puzzles were made and then Lester Harrison drilled holes into each puzzle piece. I deconstructed the puzzles and wove them together with wire creating snapshots of images that form a new pattern and visual experience.
The earth has long been associated with the female form because both are sources of fertility and sustenance. My bronze castings are narratives and metaphors to address the cycle of life---birth, death, and rebirth. The individual sculptures combine cast bronze tree branches and figures that allude to the entwining of mankind with the environment.