A dream becomes real.
Lorraine Capparell gives forms to feelings.
There are many ways to hold onto a dream. Lorraine Capparell has cast one of hers in bronze: FIVE WOMEN has come to life.
FIVE WOMEN involves five life-size figures of archetypal female images built in clay and cast in bronze. It is meant, says Capparell, "to celebrate and enhance a strong, positive view of the feminine psyche. The figures embody five feminine attributes."
The bronze figures of FIVE WOMEN reflect the spirituality, sensuality, receptivity and creativity in women today.
Capparell's dreams figure prominently in her work, as does Buddhist and Hindu thought and female imagery. And the monumental scale of FIVE WOMEN is not unusual. Since 1981 she has been creating large-scale ceramic sculptures in her Palo Alto studio. Her work has been in both group and solo exhibitions in California and New York, and is in the collections of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, Apple Computer, the San Francisco Museum of Art's Theo Jung Collection.
"I make art to pay tribute to the spirit within," Capparell explains. "I use the body, born of earth (clay), as the connector to higher consciousness."
Born in 1947 in Rochester, N.Y., Capparell received her bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and then worked as a graphic designer. She moved to the Bay Area in the early '70's, and studied sculpture with Steven DeStaebler at San Francisco State. She also traveled widely in Asia, studying Buddhist and Hindu sculpture, painting and temple architecture; many of her creations evoke the life of Buddha and Buddhist symbology.
Her daily regimen, which includes meditation and tai chi, involves what she calls "One A Days" -- completing a watercolor painting on a monthly theme. Each day of the month, she paints or sometimes substitutes small clay sculptures.
But Capparell clearly enjoys working in larger proportions. "I like working the same size I am," she says. "I feel comfortable making full-scale figures."
The enormous FIVE WOMEN figures she has made will all stand near water and next to trees. The unifying element is water -- it represents the flow of life's forces. The shower is a baptism, symbol of cleansing, of becoming more fluid. And the grove of trees stands for the growth of knowledge.
FIVE WOMEN consists of five free-standing life-size bronze figures;
Figure 1 (Erato), Red, 47 x 35 x 26"
Figure 2, (Yang), Silver, 89 x 25 x 39"
Figure 3, (Tree of Life), Blue-Green, 75 x 29 x 20"
Figure 4, (Yin), Dark Brown:, 74 x 48 x 57"
Figure 5, (Observer), Gold, 79 x 36 x 24"
For more information about FIVE WOMEN, commissions and other works, contact Lorraine Capparell directly at (650) 493-2869.
FIVE WOMEN will be exhibited in March 9 - April 10, 1999 at San Jose City College and from June 29 to July 29, 1999 at the Triton Museum, Santa Clara, California.