Marianne Weil

Sculpture
Bio

 

The process of creating sculpture, like fossil and mineral life, are intrinsically related in their emerging forms and natural development. Rooted in my deep connection with natural history, my sculptures unearth a personal language that I translate into bronze.....(Marianne Weil)


Trained by artisans in the village where Michelangelo quarried and carved marble, Marianne Weil learned the ancient tradition of carving and casting bronzes over 25 years ago in Pietrasanta, Italy. Her sculptures are created directly in wax and cast in bronze using the “lost wax” process. Unlike many artists who work in bronze, after the foundry has cast her pieces, Weil does all the finishing, chasing and patina work herself. body. Influenced by early Neolithic cultures, archeology, and natural history, she creates a magical blending of bold and intimate forms.

While she incorporates natural materials into her bronzes, there is something distinctly deliberate in the placement of these materials that speaks to civilizations now long gone. With metaphorical imagery, Weil transforms familiar elements—of architecture, botany, biology, and geology---synthesizing historical and contemporary perspectives. While her work embodies the intuitive and the personal, she extends her cultural roots and individual memories by deploying visual detail from disciplines in the natural sciences.

Cynthia Nadelman, writing in Sculpture Magazine: “Weil’s references -- from cultural anthropology to the body -- are strictly her own.... and more easily compared to her baby-boomer’s generation‘s attraction to Surrealism and biomorphic forms. Many things are touched on -- geology/landscape, natural history/botany, and human histories (both collective and personal.) In fact, it’s amazing what a diversity of potentialities Weil’s vertically oriented, upright forms embrace....”

Her most recent sculptures explore the ancient and ongoing dialogue between the individual in society. Windswept surfaces eroded by time and impressions made from her hands provoke a sense of timelessness. Individually her sculptures stand proudly independent, inviting introspection through the hollow forms. The interiors and punctured openings suggest windows for quiet contemplation and dialogue. Assembled as a collective, these pieces encourage feelings of isolation and loss and evoke images of the solitary and heroic.