With a mannequin arm adorning each of Em and Dan’s college rooms, one could begin to be concerned with our recent interest in truncated limbs. Not surprising, then, that artist Ronna Nemitz’s sculptures would appeal to us. There’s something about focusing in on the movement and detail of these legs and arms that I find interesting. Using plaster life casts, with steel for certain pieces such as the wire and diving board, Nemitz, from western U.S., created an exhibit titled The Pull of Gravity.
From the artist’s statement:
The pull of Gravity explores ideas of suspension, tension, and isolation through an on going narrative. Amplified and exaggerated moments are suspended in prolonged tension and isolation, pinpointing moments of transition. Truncated limbs replace entire figures. With the impending movement halted, the ephemeral nature of experience is momentarily arrested and able to be examined.
Everyone experiences some form of these moments in their lives and it is my attempt to make something physical that represents the complex and contradictory emotions involved in life’s transitions. Personal meaning takes shape out of these moments. We are the sum of our life’s transitions.
You can see more of Ronna Nemitz’s work on her website.