“Wood Carvings and Assemblages”: Sculptures by Mary Spitzer
July 3 - July 30
“Wood Carvings and Assemblages”: Sculptures by Mary Spitzer will be on display from Tuesday, July 3rd, through Monday, July 30th. All are invited to join us Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm for the “Wood Carvings and Assemblages”: Sculptures by Mary Spitzer public art reception.
“Wood, a Generous Material; Lending Itself to My Thoughts
From 1950-1952, I lived on Bray St. in West Gloucester. For a while I was the youngest child, then the next-to-youngest when my sister was born. Too young to go to school, I began my career of dragging things home in fascination with their shapes and of making them elements of my creative life.
I have never been someone who saw the inner form or spirit of a log and then felt I had to release it. More often the wood has seen something in me and graciously helped me notice it. Logs have patiently waited while I stripped them of bark and sliced or chipped into the wavy layers of their yearly growth. They have tolerated being coated with paraffin and turpentine to slow the natural cracking- all without complaint. I have collected logs and other forms of wood-bureau fronts and construction materials as well as rusted, mangled hardware. All have given generously of their emptiness so I could fill them with my ideas.
Sometimes I mainly carve shapes, other times I build up as in furniture-making, and sometimes I combine the two, using the rude collision to send thoughts spinning.”