Commissioned for an installation at Smith College in 1995, ‘Big Silver’ is attached to a motorised pulley so that it rises and subsides at regular intervals, mimicking the ballet dancer’s pliés at the bar. At its lowest point on the floor it is a formless expanse of glittering fabric, but it reveals its true identity as it is pulled up the wall, the figurative emerges from the abstract and vice versa.
|Silver lamé, electric motor, pulleys
|IMMA Collection: Purchase, 1996
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American sculptor Beverly Semmes makes monumental fabric creations which fuse personal fantasy and social commentary. Made with velvet, tulle, organza and lamé, her sculptures explore the power of clothing and its ability to define the self. Semmes has exhubited internationally since the 1990s, including solo exhibitions at the Sculpture Centre, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. ‘Beverly Semmes: New and Recent Sculpture’ took place at IMMA in 1996.View Artist