Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh

Deconstructing the Oval

August 30th through September 30th, 2023

Oval Edge Form IX

Oval Edge Form V

Oval Edge Form XII

Oval Edge Form XXII

Oval Edge Form I

Oval Edge Form III

Oval Edge Form VI

"For me the oval has always been the most pleasing form from which to embark on a sculptural exploration. As opposed to a circle, an oval's elongated shape allows for greater flexibility in removing mass while staying true to the lines of the exterior so the negative space remains complimentary to the whole. I also like the way the oval's curves bend light both inside and out of the form.


In this latest series of sculptures, called "Oval Edge Forms," I have tried to create conditions where negative space becomes such an integral part of the form that the oval in its essential elliptical configuration is sensed by what is missing. Each of the sculptures in this exhibition has been carved after first starting with a solid three-dimensional oval form. Some were "egg-like," some almost as thick as they were wide, and others elongated and tapered. My intention was to convey the harmony of the original elliptical shape while offering added layers of visual interest through what has been removed. I feel the oval is most effective if all carving is resolved with smooth finishes. In this way the interplay of light on both interior and exterior surfaces creates shadows that echo and enhance the oval's fundamental curves."


Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh

The artist will be present at the Gallery

September 16th, from 1-4pm.

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