Keira Norton Figurative Sculpture - Monkey Tree
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Keira Norton
Monkey Tree

2017

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Title : Monkey Tree Materials : Stoneware, Glaze Date : 2017 Dimensions : 20""x 2""x 22""; Dimensions Variable Description : A total of six pieces for the wall, arranged to represent blossoms on the branches of a cherry tree For the past several years, Keira Norton has been making sculptures depicting human/animal hybrids. Keira Norton views each piece as part of a narrative drawn from the physical and metaphorical connections between particular types of animals and aspects of the human condition. The artist is currently combining the supple forms and playful gestures of dolphins and whales with seductively posed human figures to create a series of peculiar exhibitionists. Keira Norton intends them as somewhat humorous representations of the contradictory forces at play in conventional ideas about beauty and sexual attraction. Their ambiguous nature has allowed them to evolve over time from many sources, including folklore, popular culture, and art history. For example, the influences for a half-dolphin female character Keira Norton calls “La Encantada” includes tales of mermaids from the Amazon, classic pin-up girls, and the nudes of Ingres and Manet. Artist Statement: “Recently, I have been studying snub-nosed monkeys, and instead of focusing on their more obvious grotesqueness, have been inspired to capture their quiet watchfulness in small-scale portraits for the wall. Creating hybrids gives me the opportunity to be rigorous in my observations and playful in my interpretations. I am also continually inspired by my desire to mimic and invent forms and textures using the raw materials of clay and glaze.”

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions

    H 20 in. x W 22 in. x D 2 in.

    H 50.8 cm x W 55.88 cm x D 5.08 cm

  • Gallery location
    Kansas City, MO
  • Reference number
    LU60832168373
  • Seller reference number
    KNO_1709_02

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