by Margot McMahon
“Enlighten has the lotus blossom in the form and open space of a black boy and white boy playing together. This is an enlightened beginning for them.” The sculpture begins with a welded armature; from this a mold is created which is ultimately cast in resin. Margot McMahon’s sculptures, drawings, and videos interpret her environmental vision of the interdependence of life forms in nature. Margot fuses human, plant and animal forms into unique sculptural statements that are inspired by familiar natural forms reinvented into a unique visual vocabulary. Each sculpture varies in its focus emphasizing the importance of life and nature. Margot exhibits her work in museums and galleries, collaborates with others for commissioned work and creates portrait exhibitions to congratulate and encourage lives well led. The gallery and museum exhibitions show her new work that expresses recent art explorations Margot has embarked upon. Her sculptures have been collected throughout the United States, Japan, England and France and the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago History Museum, Yale University, DePaul University, St. Patrick’s Church, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Soka Gakkai International. She sees the work as a result of an exploration of people within nature. Margot’s hope is that the art remains as a defined statement of where she has been, an object of what she has learned for others to create their own interpretations. Margot McMahon has worked with village boards, park districts, Catholic, Presbyterian and Buddhist centers, corporations and office buildings to sculpt images that she hopes will enlighten and provoke thought in the everyday life of the viewer. Her commissioned art is the result of meeting and learning the ideas of a community, then interpreting those ideas into sculptures. The focus of the symbol embellishes the blended forms of life that Margot carries throughout her body of work while the community she works with then interprets the sculpture with their experiences. Approximate dimensions: 10’ high, 4’ wide, 4’ deep 150 pounds
Location Elk Rapids Day Park, 920 S Bay Shore Dr, Elk Rapids MI, Williamsburg
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