Carole Feuerman is an incredible artist, widely considered to be one of the most important Female sculptors in the world working in Hyper Realism. Carole is going to have a huge installation in Downtown NYC in 2017 and her monumental sculptures will also be placed along the Grand Canale in Venice for the Venice Biennial in May. I had the opportunity to interview her and get some insight into her work and what inspires her:
The Gone Cat: Are there any artists past and present who have had influence on your work?
Carole Feuerman: Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Vermeer.
GC: Who are some contemporary living artists that you admire?
CF: Maya Lin, Janet Echelman, Shan Shan Sheng, Anish Kapoor, James Turell, Alyssa Monks, Diego Fazio
GC: If you could have a dinner party with any 3 artists past, present, fictional or real, whom would you choose?
CF: Anish Kapoor, James Turell, Chuck Close
GC: If you could travel in a time machine to any era, and create the same art that you do now, and share your art with people of that era, which era would you choose?
CF: I would like to travel to the future, about 5 years from now. If I were to travel to the past, I would like be in the mid-19th Century. It was a time referred to as the age of REALISM.
GC: What are you trying to communicate with your sculptures?
CF: My swimmers have their own personalities and tell their own stories. Their stories are my stories, sometimes autobiographical and sometimes stories I just need to tell. While their outward appearance is often one of beauty and tranquility, these elegant faces mask a deeper meaning of heroism, triumph, and liberation. Their titles are derived from islands around the world that I have visited and gained inspiration from over the years. For example, in 1976, I went to the Isle of Capri, Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea and created a sculpture called “Capri” named after that special island. In 1979, inspired by the blue horizon of the Pacific Ocean, I envisioned a swimmer emerging like a phoenix from the sea with water droplets streaming across her face, which took form in my creation of “Catalina”. She appears as a proud survivor, beautiful, and strong. In 2005, I made a monumental version, “Grande Catalina”, which John Spike installed in the center of Florence, and that was the beginning of my major public sculptures. In 1981, I created “Innertube”, a contemplative sculpture of a swimmer resting peacefully on an inflatable tube. This serene and meditative sculpture led me to create “Survival of Serena” for the 2006 Venice Biennale. She was named after the Island of Venice “the Serene Island” and was created in a monumental scale. One of my more recent pieces, “Next Summer”, is named after a very special Island in Michigan called the Summer Island. I am currently working on “Double Diver”, a monumental forty-foot bronze male diver in a handstand with another diver holding his feet. While it isn’t named for an island, it speaks of persistence and the will to succeed, exemplifying integrity, trust and teamwork.
GC: What is your favorite city in the world and your favorite art gallery in that city?
CF: My favorite city in the world is New York City and my favorite gallery is PACE.