Coral Lambert’s sculpture Shape Shifters shows her interest in cast metal that is enlivened by references to natural objects such as shells and pods. The two halves of the Shape Shifters seem arrested at a moment when, through some unknown natural process, they are splitting or joining. The yellow flocking inside calls attention to the interior and builds expectation that we might find a clue as to the function of the hollow forms there.
The dynamic forces that are evident in nature are difficult to map out but they can be given a chance to manifest and teased out within the making of the piece through working physically, grappling with material and process. Through working directly with melting and casting metal. I can respond to its transient liquid state, as well as to its weight and permanence: like wood, metal can be experienced as a living material as it breaths, oxidizes and grows.
Born in England, Lambert is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Sculpture division at SUNY Alfred. Over the past 23 years Lambert has presented her work in panels, lectures and exhibitions in the U.S., England, China and Finland.
She is the recipient of many awards including the Gottlieb Foundation Award, Jerome Fellowship, and the Joan Mitchell Grant.
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