Magazine article Sculpture

LOS ANGELES: Cheryl Ekstrom and JD Hansen

Magazine article Sculpture

LOS ANGELES: Cheryl Ekstrom and JD Hansen

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Leslie Sacks Fine Art

California sculptors Cheryl Ekstrom and JD Hansen are both drawn to the difficult subject of war and its aftermath. Their new series, "Post War Dance," seeks to find a symbolism capable of depicting the most draining of human and animal experiences in a heroic sculptural format. Large-scale, abstracted human figures frequently accompanied by mythological creatures seem to emerge as if from a long, dark period of deprivation. Recognizing the sobriety of the subject, the artists choose to celebrate life, despite reminders of death.

Reminiscent of archaizing sculptures from many different cultures and eras, Ekstrom and Hansen's massive compositions are rendered with 21st-century vision and technology, and much sweat and tears. Their arduous process, often undertaken on ladders or bent knees, began with welding an armature for each sculpture, then modeling clay over the structures. The final works were cast, piece by piece, using the lost-wax method. Lastly, they were covered in a silver nitrate patina and a top coating of titanium and buffed with steel wool.

The five life-size pieces were installed outside on concrete plinths. …

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