Sentinels of Steel
Works by Sandra Jane Heard
March 23 – April 17, 2015
These synthesized female forms are handwoven from vintage steel tape measures. They are presented hanging in a state of antagonism bound between the opposing forces of freedom and restraint, preservation and destruction, vulnerability and invincibility. Some of the forms are intended as guardians with their armored abdomens acting as symbolic safe havens. These fortified cage-like armatures offer a protective shelter from the collective ills of humankind. Other steely forms are presented as steadfast testimonials seeking to express the struggle for gender equality and survival despite extreme adversity. Although they are battered and scarred by the upheavals of the ordeal they stand resilient and proud in their continued fight toward the goal of autonomy. In essence, this collection of abstracted female forms are symbolic foot soldiers whose purpose is to bear witness, preserve and protect the more vulnerable and fragile elements of existence.
About the artist:
Sandra Jane Heard is an artist who emphasizes the use of found objects in her multi-dimensional sculptures. The art works are symbolically meant to preserve and protect the wonders of nature and its sublime beauty. She incorporates a plethora of materials in her assemblages that are quite extensive and include pliable reeds, silk yarn, vintage books, maps and chosen objects.