BARBARA FRENCH DUZAN “Spring” Exhibition March 5-28, 2021
“I cannot remember a time when I was not interested in art, although I was sidetracked from it long enough to earn a BS in Chemistry/Biology from Western Washington University.” Many years ago Duzan’s art moved from two-dimensional to three-dimensional Bronze sculpture, depicting animals with respect and sometimes a touch of whimsy. Being a Native of the Pacific Northwest, Duzan attributes her interest in birds as subjects in part to her interest in flying. She is a licensed instrument rated pilot who often flew her seaplane in the San Juan Islands.
With continued regard for wildlife, Barbara has created some varied, imaginative and colorful interpretations of the “Mantle Trophy”. Working on a premade form, she applies and builds up the form in polymer clay. Working sections at a time, the beading process begins. This process is informed by the Huichol Folk art in Mexico. As well as beads, she incorporates organic materials; such as seed pods, shells, branches or twigs. These sculptures are an homage to Wildlife, with recognition to their place and their necessity in the world.
“My goal is to captivate the viewer with the gestures and expressions that make each subject seem to be unique while at the same time representing their species as a whole.”