Gyongy Laky: Environmental Artist
We loved her sculptural titles for the New York Times magazine, and just had to find out more about this artist who works in natural materials and has been around for a long time... It turns out that Gyongy Laky lives and works in San Francisco, and is an environmentalist and political activist--how appropriate for a Labour Day post. She uses natural and agricultural materials as well as recycled bits in her work which includes both large-scale sculptural and smaller, textile oriented pieces. The creation of words made out of branches and pieces of wood has long been a theme in her work. She shapes nails, twigs and wire to make them. In the past she has made a statement with words such as a cent sign, yes, no, pax. For the Times article, she created words out of natural materials to make a green statement: act, invent, eat. As she says: "Natural materials are very expressive they also connect me to nature which is a deep love of mine." Her work is very hands-on and labour intensive, as can be seen in the little video.
Another series comprises sculpture; these pieces are large and monumental. One is a stack of wood logs around a tree. Another is a large wheel in a field made of branches. The vessel series is the most accessible; it consists of bowls and vases made out of sculptural twigs. :: Gyongy Laky
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