“I like my sculpture to invite an interaction with its audience. This is often meant to be a direct physical interaction, but I always strive to engage the viewer’s imagination. I tend to present an incomplete visual narrative; a story is suggested, a feeling evoked, and the viewers find themselves providing details.”
Georgia Gerber, born 1955, grew up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, studied sculpture and bronze casting at Bucknell University, and moved west to attend Graduate School at the University of Washington. Her professional career began at that time. She lives with her husband and 18-year-old daugher on rural Whidbey Island, Washington, where she operates her own studio and foundry, with the assistance of two women artisans and her husband. She primarily works with life-size animal and human figures, often incorporating architectural or abstract elements into the design. A career emphasis has been the creation of accessible public artwork that encourages viewer interaction.
“My husband and I had our first date near the end of my graduate work at the University of Washington. That night, I told him I dreamed of having my own studio and foundry in a quiet rural area where I could raise a family and create sculpture. We have been doing just that for 21 years now. What I didn’t tell him was the part about the horses…”
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Birds and the Bees and ABCs
by Diana Woods