Tuesday 13 December 2011
Sylvie Rosenthal started building at age six at the Eli Whitney Museum where she made circuses, catapults, rockets, and robots and was introduced to the work of great inventors and artists such as Alexander Calder, Leonardo DaVinci, and AC Gilbert. Her formal study of traditional European woodworking at the Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts (BFA '03) tempered these explorations and instilled a dedication to craftsmanship.
Sylvie has been routinely invited as a visiting artist and teacher to many schools including San Diego State University, University of Wisconsin Whitewater and Madison, Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Tainan National University of the Arts.
She shows nationally at both galleries and museums such as The Asheville Art Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, The Fuller Craft Museum, Blue Spiral 1, The Signature Shop, SOFA Chicago and Palm Beach III. She received a North Carolina Arts Council Crafts Fellowship in 2008-2009. In 2010 she was the Windgate Fellowship Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at San Diego State University. As a full-time studio artist she is always pushing to the edge of her skill, with both material and concept. Over the last 10 years she has gained recognition for her intricate and detail-oriented furniture and sculpture, contraptions and art objects that are infused with humour and steeped in the impossible.
Images, from top to bottom:
1.'Beacon' (Giraffe Light house,) 2010, (96in) long x 1405mm (16in) wide x 560mm (22in) dia. Poplar, paint, and oak (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SYLVIE ROSENTHAL)
2. 'Journey to an Empty City,' 2010, 1370mm (54in) long x 69in high x 635mm (24in) wide, basswood, poplar, paint and mixed media (CREDIT> PHOTOGRAPH BY RAMON PURCELL)
3. 'Out to See,' 2010, 1245mm (49in) long x 330mm (13in) wide x 735mm (29in) high, poplar, mahogany, paint and mixed media (PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVE MANN)
4. 'Stacked Elephant Teapot,' 2011, 485mm (19 1/2in) from truck to tail x 485mm (19in) high x 255mm (10in) from ear to ear, poplar and paint (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SYLVIE ROSENTHAL)
5. 'Tea House Teapot,' 2010, 405mm (16in) long x 200mm (8in) wide x 355mm (14in) high, poplar, paint and wax (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SYLVIE ROSENTHAL)
6. 'Warren,' 2010, 510mm (20in) high x 1270mm (50in) wide x 610mm (24in) dia. Basswood, poplar, paint and mixed media (PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVE MANN)
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