ARTISTS

M.L. SNOWDEN

As a young girl, Mary Louise Snowden played in her father's sculpture studio, enchanted by his work and the way he went about creating it. She began working with clay when she was four, and for the next 17 years, she sculpted alongside her father–first as an apprentice and then as a professional–at Snowden Studios, in Los Angeles. George H. Snowden was for many years a sculpture educator at Yale University, and his extensive list of commissions includes sculptures used in Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride; elaborate sculptural works for the sets of such films as Ben Hur, The Robe, The Barefoot Contessa, and The Ten Commandments; and sculptures for national historic landmarks, such as the Bronx County Courthouse. His daughter helped him create the main altar, as well as massive carved-limestone work on the exterior, of the country's largest Catholic church, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C.

As she grew up, Snowden's father taught her the transcendental sculpting techniques of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin. George Snowden had been a favored student of Robert Georges Eberhard, longtime chairman of the Yale School of Sculpture and himself a protégé of Rodin, Antonin Mercié, and Victor Peters, with whom he worked in the Rodin Studios, in Paris, in the late 19th century. Eberhard bequeathed his collection of 38 original sculpting tools from the Rodin Studios to George Snowden, and when Snowden died, in 1990, these came to his daughter. M.L. Snowden is the sole living inheritor of select 19th-century marble carving, finishing, casting, and bronze-patination techniques from Rodin and Mercié's studios.

The tools, some of which she uses in sculpting her own works, are a symbol for Snowden of the awe-inspiring foundation upon which her work is based. "I'm not a product of an art school," she says. "I'm not a product of having really studied with someone. I'm a product of a life that has come through someone else who lived his whole life with this. That was Rodin, that was Eberhard, and that was my father. I feel that I've been passed a torch, and that's very, very exciting." M.L. Snowden had her first gallery show in 1974, the year she graduated from college, in the Laband Art Gallery of Loyola Marymount College, in Los Angeles. Since then, she has been in countless exhibitions and been awarded a number of commissions and prizes. Over the past two decades, she has used her sculpture to reflect the earth's titanic geological phenomena, humanize the forces of nature, and convey the impact of humans on the environment.

Art critic Remo Nevi has described Snowden as a "great figurative contemporary master, whose profound and powerfully realized portfolio places the artist among the world's most respected representational sculptors at work today." In 1989 Snowden was presented the inaugural Alex Ettl Grant for Lifetime Achievement in American Sculpture, presented by the country's most senior professional arts organization, the National Sculpture Society, in New York.

In 1992, she was awarded one of the world's most prestigious sculpture prizes at the international Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition, in Tokyo, Japan, hosted in cooperation with the embassies of Finland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, the United States, and 32 other countries. Her work Cataclasis Study can be found at the White House in the Presidential Art Collection. After all the awards and all these years, Snowden still find surprises in her work. "Clay is a magic material. It's a mystery," she says. "Rodin saw it for himself when he came upon clay. It was this transformation, this fire that occurred, like an epiphany. Everything that you are and you intend comes through, and it's still a mystery to me how what I feel evidences itself in what I have made." M.L. Snowden lives and works in Southern California.

MUSEUM COMMISSION


The Creation Trilogy:
Creatia, Inspira and Questa

CREATIA

Remarqued Fournier Bronze Edition of 5

Creatia is that rare sculpture that forms an introspection upon the forces of thought that shape and impact the outward planes of physical existence. The sculpture itself stands at the vanguard of the Geological Coreium as the sculptor smelts bronze in a replication of an inner mirror that composes a vision of "Eclat" or the appearance of a sudden idea that serves as the engine for human outreach. With a bold and bursting flowering, "Creatia" suggests both a nucleus and an explosive hot point in a sculpture crafted with an exquisite sense of vibrancy.

Among the evocations of titanic forces and energies that power planetary geological phenomena, the quality of human thought that stands behind human endeavor and action is increasingly seen as one of the foremost instruments of planetary change. "Creatia" as sculpture, explores the humanitarian ethos of thought in a lithe female incantation that reaches simultaneously upwards, bringing fire downwards in an encompassing gesture. With acute sensitivity brought into just four extant limited edition sculptures, the sculptor brings a level of focus to "Creatia" that hallmarks the work as a unique expression of the sculptor's eye and hand.

Here in "Creatia," M.L. Snowden dedicates the art of sculpture to achieving a rare self-portrait of her own inner mind in a gestural work that lays at the threshold of a highly personal and original sculptural plan. Indeed, in the "Evolution of Conception," we find sculptures that probe the anatomies of various inspirational and artistic creative thought processes interpreted through M.L. Snowden's visual language. Known internationally for questing bronzes that push the envelope of possibilities for bronze metallurgy, "Creatia" is that signatory and emblematic work that condenses and reflects more than forty years of the sculptor's specialization in sculpture, charting a new path of structured bronze striation and layered embedment design that cast these works at the forefront of contemporary figurative bronze at the millennium.

Size: 45h x 18w x 8d inches
Museum Edition Size: 5

INSPIRA

Remarqued Fournier Bronze Edition of 5

"Inspira" joins "Creatia" in projecting the sculptor's unique exploration of the anatomy of creative thought that underlies her sculptural art. "Inspira" is that sweeping vision that captures the senses through a profound ascending line, suggesting a whispered intuition that informs a great idea. For M.L. Snowden, "Inspira" is the embodiment of communication, based upon two lithe receptors whose identity remains shrouded in mystery. Part fragmentary wish, part ascending ladder; part reverie; "Inspira" is a profound spiritual work that touches the divine nature of conceptual vision.

With almost dream like floatation, "Inspira" belies it immense bronze weight to project immateriality. It is that rare sculpture that balances its line in receiving a complex of related forces, most notably expressed through new levels of structured bronze striations and embedments that seem to charge the work with nurturing rays. As with other sculptures of the "Evolution of Conception," "Inspira" advances the sculpture's meditation on the titanic forces and energies that power geological phenomena, as it comes to focus upon the reality that the nature of human thought is increasingly seen as one of the foremost instruments of planetary change. With reciprocal energy summaries expressed through lithe figuration cresting and foundering the work, Snowden is able to access an unseen realm in the language of unfading metal.

Size: 40h x 25w x 23d inches
Museum Edition Size: 5

QUESTA

Remarqued Fournier Bronze Edition of 5

Rising on the wake of Snowden's unique sculptures, Inspira and Creatia, Questa forms a personal mediation on the sculptor's own dimensional creative thought processes that infuse her work. In a deftly figured and faceted stele, states and moods form along questing lines that entwine and braid in an ascending composition. From introspection to aspiration, from action to quietude, from empowerment to resolve, emergent and emotive states burgeon and oppose in the manner of questing mentation that is at once creative yet analytical, expressed through figuration that is grounded in both reality and the realm of the dream.

Among the evocations of titanic forces and energies that power planetary geological phenomena, rational intellect that fuels human endeavor is increasingly seen as one of the foremost instruments of planetary change. Questa's lithe feminine portraits come together in kaleidoscopic unity, turning from a supporting base of an active central figure that rises into a noble dream state, that finally reaches a pinnacle of vision, touching and inspiring all levels of the sculpture. On a profound level, "Questa," like each sculpture of the "Evolution of Conception," is a poem and point of physical praise to the feminine ethos of dream-scape possibility and nurturing. In this calling, the sculptures "Questa", "Inspira" and "Creatia" reach beyond artistic self-portraits of vision to convey the sculptor's enduring memory of her own extraordinary mother, Louise, ( 1911-1998). In these rare and special sculptures, the sculptor best known for powerful energy extrapolations in bronze, is able to engage in exquisite passages that celebrate femininity in ways that engage the viewer to enter into a new frame of reference for personal scale bronze. In their deepest sense, these three limited sculptures are akin to the sculptor's own fingerprint, imbued with an unrivaled sense of vivacity and elan.

Size: 45h x 25w x 21d inches
Museum Edition Size: 5

WORKS


Limited Edition

ALLUVIA

Alluvia is a sculptural poem dedicated to the evocation of water. As the first sculpture of the Ascension of Elements suite, Alluvia strikes a unique elongated floating silhouette that creates a dramatic yet serene impression. Alluvia is joined by Caldera, Terra and Aeolia to define Earth's classic elements.

From important roots in the Paris studios of Auguste Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings to Alluvia the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools that were used to shape the delicate planes of Alluvia's features.

Such is the message of Alluvia – as humans born of water, earth, air and fire, we can achieve ascension toward light in the midst of celebrating our own elemental physicality, a perspective that has come to be uniquely celebrated in the art of sculpture.

Size: 20h x 28w x 38d
Edition Size 45

ALTAIR

M. L. Snowden's Starscape Unit collection is a conceptual tour of luminous stars that invites us to explore depths of meaning and mystery that infuse our earth and universe. Like the stars themselves which often serve as markers for our own inspiration, each sculptural member of the Starscape is hand-worked into a level of energy that communicates privately to each viewer. Within the inner sanctum of Snowden's foundry, a positive force is born in each sculpture as it is welded, carved, smoothed and burnished over weeks and months as Snowden's unique formula for bronze is transformed into a magnetic handmade talisman. Much like the Butterfly Effect of the Chaos Theory, where the beating stroke of a butterfly's wing has the eventual power to create a major wind current, the sculptor's unrivaled physical handwork meeting the viewer's optical, mental and tactile perception of the sculpture join forces to create an almost magical interaction.

From important roots in the Paris studios of Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings to the bronze the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools that were used to shape the dynamic planes of Altair.

Size: 26h x 18w x 12d
Edition Size 25

AMETHYST GEODE CENTRAL

The five works of the Amethyst Geode Arcelleon form an important bridge between terrestrial substance and interplanetary matter. In these glowing bronzes encrusted with natural violet gemstone crystals, we can trace the root of the sculptor's touch in these rounded and condensed forms. Essential to the chapter of the Terrestrial Forum, the collected works of the Amethyst Geode Arcelleon reach beyond the boundaries of Earth in expressing octaves of forces actively at work in the larger universe.

GRAND CENTRAL GEODE CASEMENT

Rising from extraordinary handwork placed upon the natural materials of clay and bronze, the Central Geode forms a meditation on sculpture and its relationship to the larger energies and forces that encourage planet and star formation. Under the compressive strength of M. L. Snowden's annealing touch, the Grand Central Geode Casement is seen by the sculptor to absorb concentrated energies that roll the sculpture into a conceptualized sphere. Snowden views sculpting clay as a compression of material and energy that mirrors phenomena undergoing compression on a vast scale of increased proportions across parsecs of space.

Size: 21h x 26d
Edition Size 100

AMETHYST GEODE INVERTED FRAGMENT

The sculptures of the Amethyst Geode Arcelleon, particularly the Fragments, are seminal and important bronzes in the oeuvre of M. L. Snowden. On a number of levels, they rank amongst the most personal and revelatory expressions of the sculptor's art, imbued and imprinted with lacings of fingerprints, cut-marks incised by the historic Rodin tools, punch-lines of the sculptor's fist and other personal tactile signatures that have been vital to Snowden's sculptural creation.

INVERTED FRAGMENT

River rocks scoured and smoothed by running water, the Rodin tools used in their time as often handled objects, the planed fingers of the sculptor, and the Inverted Fragment of the Amethyst Geode Arcelleon: all these entities exist in the mind of the sculptor as energy wands, conveying the electrical connections they have absorbed over time.

Size: 21h x 15d
Edition Size 100

ANTARES

Snowden's newest chapter for bronze, the Starscape Unit, brings to life a spectrum of stars that sweep across the universe. Where the Stellar Sphere Group imagined candescent bodies visible to the naked eye from Earth that ranged from the Sun in Solaris to the Moon in Lunas, Snowden's Starscape Unit is a collection devoted to stars both near and far as well as those deemed Royal and those numerically named, which extend illumination into the reaches of deep space.

In the sculptor's plan, each bronze of the Starscape Unit evokes a star seen at a certain distance across parsecs of space. The sculptor's conceptual vision has optically reduced star-mass to the scale of the bronze at an optimal viewing dimension that also reveals the heart of the star.

In ancient Babylonia, Antares was considered the Creator of Prosperity and the Egyptians saw Antares as a symbol of Isis and abundance in pyramid ceremonies. Since ancient Persian times, Antares has been considered one of four Royal stars that guard the heavens. As a bronze, Antares exudes an indescribable sense of emotion and outreach that connects humankind to the cosmos through inspiration and art.

Size: 26h x 18w x 12d
Edition Size 25

ATRIA

Each bronze star of M. L. Snowden's Starscape Unit projects a sense of energy that becomes uniquely revealed in the sun sculpture, Atria. Belying its objective height of just 28 inches, Atria's composition seems larger than life as it transfigures a nucleus of power into the splendor of a starburst.

For the sculptor, the sources of inspiration that go into shaping gold, silver, tin, copper, lead, iron, titanium and the trove of other ores that compose Snowden's bronze amalgam as well as our own physical human bodies, have been a part of earth for eons and the direction of development for these elements may well be influenced by the etheric communications of starlight together with emanations that have arrived on our planet from the deeper, larger cosmos.

As Dr. James A. Hagel remarks, "Atria circles with universal meaning and cognates, not only for our time but as our cultural legacy to the future. These are lasting works that constantly reveal harmony and the magnificent impulse of our essential origins."

Size: 26h x 18w x 12d
Edition Size 25

CALDERA

As a celebration of the element of fire, Caldera emerges as the second sculpture of the Ascension of Elements suite. The one–of–a–kind composition of Caldera draws a graceful curvilinear tracery that suspends the work on a pivotal point of balance. Caldera joins Alluvia, Aeolia and Terra to complete Earth's classic elements.

Ultimately for the sculptor, Caldera is a portrait of otherworldly inner harmony, a portrait of the eye of the storm. Caldera depicts the core of flame in a central figure that embodies a sense of reverie and completeness – when the fire of inspirational questing has poised upon the perfect answer.

Such is the message of Caldera – as humans born of fire, water, earth and air, by our very lives, we can achieve ascension toward light in the midst of experiencing our own elemental physicality, a spirituality and physicality that have come to be celebrated in the art of sculpture.

Size: 20h x 28w x 38d
Edition Size 45

CATACLASIS STUDY

Cataclasis Study is an exploration of the monumental forces and energies that shape rock and mold the Earth's surface. As a historic and seminal work, in 1992, Cataclasis Study won the world's greatest sculpture prize, The International Rodin Competition in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by the embassies of Italy, France, Sweden, Germany, the United States and thirty two other countries. Cataclasis Study was purchased for the permanent collection of the Hakone-Open-Air Museum in Japan, the World's foremost sculpture garden.

Cataclasis Study is an exploration that established for Snowden, a dialogue with the energies existing in the Earth materials of natural clay and bronze. A seminal sculpture, Cataclasis Study defined the sculptor's role as being part of an extended energy catalyst that realizes figuration as an inevitable result of manually compressing clay. Within this larger vision, humankind is seen as the summary of earthly creative forces.

GOLDEN SPIRAL

M. L. Snowden's Mathematica Aurea Collection forges a new chapter for the art of bronze. In these works, Snowden's creative vision has invented a series of trailblazing meditations on enduring mathematical principles that permeate the natural world, principles that have occupied the highest echelons of contemplation since the time of Plato and Einstein. As a critic recently commented, "these golden mathematical concepts have been with us for millennia, but they have never been seen as they appear in Snowden's newest bronze collection, the Mathematica Aurea. Snowden reinvents their ethos in a new light." Indeed, the title of this rare smaller edition bronze collection translates from the Latin, meaning "Golden Mathematics." In these handmade bronze essays of startling invention, Snowden's sculptural art achieves new dimensional insight into humanistic and cosmic creative realities.

Through the sweeping harmony of "The Golden Spiral," known throughout the mathematical world as a specialized form of the Spira Mirabilis or the logarithmic spiral, Snowden intuits lines and patterns of growth through the curvature of bronze.

Size: 42h x 24w x 15d
Edition Size 15

HALO

M. L. Snowden's sculptural diptych, Halo and Nimbus, dramatically advances the sculptor's contemplation of optical light phenomena. Here, masculine and feminine sculptural formations are inspired by the delicacy of crystal prisms that reflect and refract light into scarves and webs of radiance.

"As we contemplate the crystal structure of Snowden's silicon bronze and Fournier patina, we can perhaps gain a measure of insight into our own perception of how these sculptures seem to be wonderfully candescent with special properties that reflect and refract light. On a profound level, from the Halo to the Nimbus, from the bronzes to the atmospheric phenomena they speak of, disparate elements of atmospheric science and sculpture take on new meaning, becoming unified and enlarged in the life–affirming silver aura these sculptures project."

From important roots in the Paris studios of Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings to Halo and Nimbus a specialized lustrous variant of the Fournier patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools.

Size: 36h x 37w x 10d
Edition Size 25

INFINITUM

Infinitum is the bronze that images M.L. Snowden's more than two decade quest to express the perfection of forces and connections that suspend our most important creative relationships. It is a work that moves beyond the form of the mathematical Mobius strip to shape a unique paradigm that Snowden has invented to express her innermost vision. Indeed, the formational route of the metal has no beginning nor end, where every plane of the work is supported through its advancing connection without the use of extraneous bronze supports.

Thus, Infinitum while just 18 inches is immediately perceived as a monumental tour de force of bronze metallurgy that floats and defies the context of its metal. It is that millennial expression of Snowden that advances not only the sculptor's oeuvre as arguably the largest body of bronze at the 21st century, but expresses the endurance of the artist's vision that singularly advances upon the sweeping and moving connections of her historic legacy, to create a new and significant statement of power and originality for the art of bronze.

Size: 24h x 17w x 14d
Edition Size 25

LIGHTSPIRE

The Empire of Light is that ground-breaking chapter of Snowden's vision that explores visible light phenomena. Each sculpture of the collection advances Snowden's meditation on light: Angstrom is a scale enlargement of the smallest unit of light measurement; Lumino and Lumina evoke prisms of the rainbow; and Photon is a portrait of the smallest particle of visible light. In Lightwave and Lightsurge, we encounter enhanced wave formations that dramatize the flowing liquid qualities of light that gather in the tripartite compositions of Halo and Nimbus to celebrate reflected coronas of radiance.

The portrait breathes an almost scented radiance that captures the senses, returning the viewer's eye to ever more closely study the work. In this sense, the sculpture is like a light in a room that magnetizes one's attention onto the extraordinary. And there is no doubt that hundreds of hours of handwork have gone into smoothing the surface of the historic Fournier patina, imparting a platinum luster that remains unequaled in transforming Lightspire's bronze into a vision of light.

Size: 66h x 17w x 14d
Edition Size 25

LIGHTWAVE

Lightwave and Lightsurge for two distinct yet joined harmonious evocations of light energy. The composition of Lightwave ascends on a curl of bronze in the shape of a roundel; it is an elongated wave of light that morph into an aperture. In contemplating the opposite sculpture Lightsurge, we again meet the "S" formations that distinguishes a radiant wavelength. In both of these masculine and feminine partitions, bronze expresses the substance of light almost as a rhythmic veil or sonic cloth, evoking a small portion of long train of light sweeping across a vast cosmic trajectory. As one critic recently observed, "Here in these remarkable works the sculptor has achieved the inexpressible portrait of light captured in an eternal bronze moment."

In the sculptor's contemplation, these two bronzes exist as octaves of one another. Forming these sculptures has allowed the sculptor to enter into a private artistic meditation that sees human anatomy - both masculine and feminine - as expressive shapes similar to wavelengths of light. As critic Victor Solada remarks, "Indeed, if one carefully examines the anatomical nuances of Lightwave and Lightsurge, it is possible to appreciate how the unrivaled eace and fluidity of Snowden's sculptural style is achieved thorough deep understanding of "S" formations that one can almost trace with one's finger. Building upon Rodin's propriety armature, Snowden structures the human form in ways that achieve synergy throughout these two delicate Asiatic floating figures. With Snowden, who is so completely at ease with freeing bone and sinew to express curvature while retaining anatomical accuracy. Snowden goes beyond bronze in Lightwave and Lightsurge to realize the human spirit as light."

Using no models or references to express form, Snowden sculpts Lightwave and Lightsurge in compositions which increase the demand upon the armature to uphold weighty passages of cleanly formed abstraction. The welded joints and structural axis of these two bronzes become invisible to the eye yet is ever present in maintaining the eternal ring and wave formations of these castings. The sheer technical requirements of these works extend over many hours devoted to smooth hand chasing. From important roots in the Paris studios of Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings to Lightwave and Lightsurge the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools.

LUMINO

M. L. Snowden's dual sculptures, Lumino and Lumina, connect together to form an important threshold for the sculptor's exploration of light. Weaving a graceful and curvilinear trellis, the sculptor has traced two abstract water-drops that conceptually split visible light into a rainbow arc. Through wave-like forms and polarized particles of male and female figural elements, Snowden creatively explores the idea that bronze sculptures as well as human forms refocus energy in the manner of a prism, revealing previously hidden qualities.

A metallurgical accomplishment for the casting and chasing of lost wax bronze, Lumino and Lumina share a weighted suspension calculation that treats skeins of bronze as a tapestry out of which figuration arises and binds. With minimal supporting mass, attenuation and webbing become exquisitely articulated in Lumina and Lumina as the bronze itself transforms away from its traditional role of fleshing form to engage in Snowden's architectural suspensions. Here, the deeper realms of Snowden's ground-breaking private meditations on forging bronze can be seen as much as felt.

From important roots in the Paris studios of Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings to Lumino and Lumina a special spectrum variant of the luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools.

Size: 50h x 20w x 8d
Edition Size: 25

LUNAS

Lunas highlights M. L. Snowden's Stellar Sphere Group of the Celestial Array, and joins Polaris, Solaris, Heliocore, Meteorite and Sirius as an important progression in the art of lost wax bronze casting. Through the dramatic sculptures of the Stellar Sphere, the artist invites us to explore a series of deeply personal meditations upon the celestial nature of candescent bodies that directly impact planet earth and human perception. Touring the Stellar Sphere Group in brief, we are able to come to the realization that Polaris is an exquisite energy map of the heart of the visible North Star; Solaris is a portrait of our Sun's radiant nucleus; Heliocore is a one–of–a kind evocation of a single light ray of the Sun; Meteorite explores a fiery celestial meteor entering Earth's atmosphere; Sirius evokes the light path of the bright star that inspired humankind's first calendar; and Lunas is a portrait of moonlight. The sculptures of Stellar Sphere form geological meditations upon sources of light visible within our immediate universe.

Lunas has been sculpted by Snowden into new levels of metallurgical virtuosity. With exquisite artistic care, Lunas's levitated weight burgeons from the churning of a cratered anatomy that has resolved into an awakened sense of peace. A feeling of aspiration seems to light this enigmatic mirror of the Stellar Sphere. It is a sculpture the eye revisits again and again as changing light sources upon Lunas divulge sequences of revelation.

Size: 44h x 27w x 15d
Edition Size 25

OCTAHEDRON

M. L. Snowden's Mathematica Aurea Collection forges a new chapter for the art of bronze. In these works, Snowden's creative vision has invented a series of meditations on enduring mathematical principles that permeate the natural world, principles that have occupied the highest echelons of contemplation since the time of Plato and Einstein. As a critic recently commented, "these golden mathematical concepts have been with us for millennia, but they have never been seen as they appear in Snowden's newest bronze collection, the Mathematica Aurea. Snowden reinvents their ethos in a new light." The title of this rare smaller edition bronze collection translates from the Latin, meaning "Golden Mathematics." In these handmade bronze essays, Snowden's sculptural art achieves new dimensional insight into humanistic and cosmic creative realities.

The languid figures that dimensionalize the work signal an inherent monumentality even though the figurative details rest at one-eighth scale. Where each figure represents untold hours of hand labour in the foundry, Snowden's work diffuses apparent effort into an essay of grace and power that distills timelessness to create an expression of harmony.

Size: 24h x 22w x 22d
Edition Size 15

PHOTON

Photon, the second sculpture of M. L. Snowden's Empire of Light within Celestial Array chapter of the Geological Coreium, joins the sculpture, Angstrom, to create a meditation on light that explores optical as well as spiritual illumination.

Photon as a sculptural meditation seems to float upon the physical and spiritual power that rests at the heart of bronze geologic matter and light. Alluding to the newest vistas of physics in quantum mechanics, Snowden describes whorls of pierced vacuum space within the design of the sculpture that innately inhabits related graceful curvatures of light. Be it a fan or a wave-like particle of light, the sculpture celebrates circling spirals, energy spikes and curving ramparts of bronze. The figural element rises upon the sculptor's advanced invention for bronze inner-wall construction that makes Photon's particular conformation possible.

From important roots in the Paris studios of Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools to shape the dynamic, immortal planes of Photon.

Size: 66h x 30w x 12d
Edition Size 25

RAINPILLAR

Rainpillar joins Ion and Windscarf in defining M. L. Snowden's Storm Trilogy – three works which explore the connection of atmosphere and humankind to the substance of planet Earth.

Ultimately for the sculptor, Rainpillar culminates in the idea that man has the power to nurture Earth and the phenomenon of his own life and life cycle. Within the profound sculptural Geological Coreium established in the art of Snowden, humankind expresses a deep connection to the monumental forces and energies that shape Earth and the universe. From important roots in the Paris studios of Auguste Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools to shape the delicate and dynamic planes of Rainpillar.

Size: 24h x 22w x 22d
Edition Size 100

SOLARIS

Solaris of the Celestial Array joins with Polaris, Lunas, Meteorite, Heliocore and Sirius to form the Stellar Sphere Group as a unique statement for the art of lost wax bronze. In Solaris, through a dynamic composition, the sculptor has formed a portrait of the Earth's Sun. Indeed, Solaris evokes the energy nucleus at the heart of the Sun in a composition emitting dramatic light rays within an energy corona. Here we are presented with a Solaris that is at once athletic, commanding and yet mythically enigmatic. Coming upon Solaris in the gallery or in the privacy of a personal collection, we are able to explore bronze that radiates gestural and spiritual energies on both actual and conceptual levels, inviting the viewer into a deeper level of contemplation of the Sun's presence, meaning and power.

Solaris has been sculpted by Snowden into new levels of metallurgical virtuosity. The abstract rays exhibit dramatic energy patterning and seem as if they are shaped by bursting energies alone. Solaris's impressive bronze weight is offset by almost immaterial bands of bronze that support the sculpture. Snowden invented the protocols and specific foundry wax that make the casting of Solaris possible. Solaris joins the Stellar Sphere Group evoking an array of radiant phenomena that can be seen with the human eye from Earth's horizon.

Size: 48h x 35w x 29d
Edition Size 25

STARFIRE POLARIS

Polaris, the second sculpture of M. L. Snowden's Celestial Array, joins with Meteorite, Lunas, Heliocore, Solaris and Sirius to form the Stellar Sphere Group – a collection of new sculpture that stands as an advancement of the art of lost wax bronze. The figurative focal point of Polaris blazes outward from concentric bands of bronze. Within this trellis of conceptual fire and light, the sculptor richly imagines the central spirit of the brilliant North Star that for centuries has been revered by humankind for the constancy of its illumination and cardinal polar direction. As a sculptural meditation on the power of light to dispel darkness, Polaris is a symbol of hope.

Polaris has been sculpted by Snowden into new levels of metallurgical virtuosity. Polaris's elongated figural centerpiece is welded into its floating position on an intricate corona of bronze. Snowden invented the protocols and specific foundry wax that make the casting of Polaris possible.

From important roots in the Paris studios of Auguste Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings to Polaris the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools that were used to create this dynamic evocation of a star.

Size: 40h x 20w x 20d
Edition Size 25

STASIS

Stasis, along with Seismic Ray and Gravity, are three–dimensional form explorations that imaginatively consider energy pattern phenomena and physics within sculptures that reach out to embrace larger meanings, exploring deep structural and spiritual expressions of humankind, planet Earth and the universe.

Such is the message of Stasis – that balance and its resulting harmony can be created from opposing elements that at the outset may seem too strenuous and disparate for fusion, but resolved by a masterful understanding of the deep workings within a medium, it is possible to create new horizons of structure and beauty. Ultimately, Stasis reaches out as a symbol for balance and peace in the world.

Size: 51h x 26d
Edition Size 45

TECTONICS

Tectonics was conceived and cast in 1983 as a single personal work and has been built more than two decades later as a bronze edition limited to just 75 creations foundered by the artist. It remains at the millennium, a seminal and pivotal sculpture for the art and intellectual focus of M. L. Snowden. Within the planes of this quarter scale work, the central meditation for the Geological Coreium has become crystallized. Here in this study–sized but weighty bronze, the sculptor's direct approach to the natural earthly sculptural mediums of clay and bronze connect to octaves of larger expressions of titanic geological phenomena. Humanitarian elements rising from abstractions within the work seem to effortlessly take shape from the warping of compressed sculptural sequences taking wing under the sculptor's hands.

Snowden's formation of Tectonics generated her well known quote: "The geological program is a stepping stone. The heroic possibilities of man, the risks and courage of striving, the fire and passion of creative enterprises, the spiritual force of men as they struggle for the actuation of their plans and work, these horizons are bundled into the sinew of the clay."

Size: 24h x 22w x 22d
Edition Size 75

WINDSCARF

Windscarf together with Ion and Rainpillar form a cornerstone of M. L. Snowden's Storm Trilogy. Within the planes of a lithe composition, the wave–like dynamics of air are captured in a sculptural form that embraces motion and rhythm.

Such is the message of Windscarf – that music and wind share a sonic physicality and numeric harmonic ratio that is infused across physical creation, a realization described by Kepler's Law and made manifest in bronze. Within the grand and immortal sculptural Geological Coreium established in the art of M. L. Snowden, humankind expresses a deep connection to the monumental forces and energies that shape the earth and universe.

Size: 25h x 16w x 20d
Edition Size 100

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