Artist: Toni Putnam
Ranging from 4' to 7'5" high
"Creation is mysterious," says Toni Putnam.
"I thoroughly enjoy the interaction between what I think is going to
happen and what actually happens."
In her work, Putnam is intensely interested in the
tactile elements of sculpture, the true "feeling" of a piece that can
only be achieved through touch. Each one of these trees has been carefully
cultivated. Using welding techniques which are uniquely her own, Putnam focuses
intense heat as a force of uncontrollable change. In this heat each tree
"grows" in its own way. Shades of red, green and brown are contained
in each piece of metal.
Trees is a hands-on sculpture. The viewer is invited
to reach out and feel the unique textures and surface of each work.
About Toni Putnam
Toni Putnam was born in Boston and studied at the
University of Rochester, l'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Foutainbleu, France and
the Atlanta School of Art. In 1971 she co-founded the Tallix Art Foundry in
Beacon, New York where she was a principal for fourteen years. During this time
she explored and refined the innovative welding techniques for sheet copper
that have now become her trademark.
She has sustained a long time interest in the copper
medium and become an expert patinator. She has exhibited extensively in the
eastern United States and presented her work internationally in Tuscany, Italy
and New Delhi, India. In 1996, Toni Putnam was elected as a Fellow of the
National Sculpture Society of America.