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Artist statement


Today I am creating three dimensionally, tomorrow may be two.  Fickle, No!  Primarily my art is in bronze sculpture which is physically taxing. So, between sculpture projects I paint in multi-media.

Generally, I paint in pastel and ink, but sometimes in oil, acrylic or watercolor and ink. For as long as I can remember I have created with whatever was at hand.  Falling leaves on a hiking path, stones on a beach, rows in the garden, the lines created by a canoe paddle moving through cold water, all have been avenues to creating patterns. Subject matter whether native animals or landscapes tends to be inspired by the Great Lakes region and its inhabitants.

Each projects goal may be different; however, I find I am forever trying to solve the issue of imagined line.  A line that we may not see completely, but instead feel intuitively.  In sculpture that may come with the rise and fall of fur or feathers. In paintings, cloud patterns can lead the viewer to the corresponding colors in a lake. 

There is simply not enough time in the day to hike or canoe or linger in all our wild places. As an artist I have the luxury to go there in my art and I try to create a space where viewers can come along.



Cara Lawson-Ball (b. 1959, US)

[email protected]

574-675-1218

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013   Kenapochamocha, North Manchester, Indiana

2012   Circa Arts Gallery, South Bend, Indiana

2003   Wildlife Prairie State Park, Illinois

2003   Starved Rock State Park, Illinois

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019   Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana
2018   LST International Showcase, 1st Place sculpture
2014   Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana

2013   St. Mary's University, Notre Dame, Indiana

2012   Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana

2011   Wellfield Botanic Garden, Founders Dinner, Indiana

2003   Lafayette Zoo, Indiana

2003   Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, Indiana

2002   Get Into Nature, Bremen, Indiana   

1999   Cantigny Sculpture Show, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

Education

St. Mary's University, Notre Dame, Indiana, Business, 2013

Indiana University South Bend, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1999

Art Institute Chicago, Oxbow, Metalsmithing, 1997



Selected Publications and Reviews

National Sculpture Review, April 2008

Country Lines Journal, August 2004

Journal Star “Sculpture Garden”, September 2003

National Public Radio “Sculpture Unveiling”, September 2003
Sculpture Review, 2002

Art Foundry Journal “Herman Wells”, November 2001

 

Selected Commissions

  
Golden Retriever Lifetime Study membership, USA   
Riverbridge Park, Indiana   

Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Indiana

Wildlife Prairie State Park, Illinois
Private commissions throughout the US


Collections


Midwest Museum of American Art, Indiana
Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Indiana

Wildlife Prairie State Park, Illinois

Starved Rock State Park, Illinois

Private collections in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Washington