In-Depth: Shower Installation

by Kelsey Zalimeni

'Monumental Shower with Video' combines Carole Feuerman's hyperreal sculpting prowess with cutting edge digital art.  The piece plays with perspective and spatial reasoning, using a looped video to bring the painted resin to life.  The two parts of the piece rely upon one another for activation; the trunk aligns perfectly with the digital lower half, creating the wondrous illusion of movement. From the viewer's vantage point, the showering woman comes to life instantly.  

'Monumental Shower with Video' , 2010    Oil on Resin, TV, Video 51 x 48 x 29 inches, Private Collection

'Monumental Shower with Video', 2010

Oil on Resin, TV, Video 51 x 48 x 29 inches, Private Collection

This hybrid installation features Carole's paramount themes- water, the human form, balance, and serenity.  The bather relishes in the splendor of her shower, inviting viewers to do the same. Included below is a short video of the piece:

This piece was shown in Feuerman's exhibition titled Earth Water Air Fire at the El Paso Museum of Art.

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Sand Cast Bronze: Madonna and Magda

by Kelsey Zalimeni

Carole Feuerman first gained notoriety for her pristine hyperreal swimmers.  Since establishing herself as a master of painted resin, she has expanded her repertoire and forged ahead to new types of media. One fantastic direction Carole has taken is to sand cast bronze, of which she has made numerous gorgeous impressions of the human body.

Madonna, 2002   Bronze, 31 x 16 x 5 inches, Private collection

Madonna, 2002

Bronze, 31 x 16 x 5 inches, Private collection

The chance marks of the cast sand form a lacy, luxurious pattern across the surface.  The patina finish provides a striking color palette which radiates a most alluring glow.  The piece retains immense detail in certain areas without sacrificing its gestural beauty. An aesthetic such as this is a tough balance to strike, but successfully met in these works.

Madonna (rear), 2002   Bronze, 31 x 14 x 8 inches, Private collection

Madonna (rear), 2002

Bronze, 31 x 14 x 8 inches, Private collection

Magda II, 2008   Bronze, 32 x 26 x 11 inches, Collection of the artist

Magda II, 2008

Bronze, 32 x 26 x 11 inches, Collection of the artist

Carole's sand cast bronzes of Magda and Madonna celebrate the human form and its natural beauty.  The randomized patterning on the surface reminds us that we humans are in fact of the Earth, a wondrous product of chance.  The sculptures seem to be emerging or even born from the clay, reconnecting us to our primal essence. 

Magda I, 2008   Bronze, 37 x 22 x 11 inches, Private collection

Magda I, 2008

Bronze, 37 x 22 x 11 inches, Private collection

This short video below has captured Carole painting with fire, creating these bronze masterpieces.