BIRGIT PISKOR

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Concrete appeals to me on so many different levels – it has an ancient history, it is of the earth, and it is strong and enduring. Because concrete has no intrinsic form, it is also an incredibly versatile medium. By its very nature concrete embodies the transformative experience: mud becomes solid as stone. It is hard and calm. It is cool to the touch – I love that!

 

My work is largely about transformation. I believe that there is a potential for great beauty in change. My intent is to capture that edge of transformation and the liminal space between what is and what is yet to be.  At that moment, all things are still possible, including great beauty and wonder and joy.

 

With my recent work, I continue to explore the concept of transformation and more deeply examine the path of surrender, change, and graceful evolution. Everything changes. At every level. All the time. Our response to these changes reverberates within ourselves and within our communities.

 

I am very fortunate to have traveled to some amazing places and to live in an incredible part of the world surrounded by an intense natural beauty. In this curved universe, there is constant play and creative tension – a ceaseless becoming.

 

I am particularly inspired by Isamu Noguchi for his profound commitment to simplicity and the poetic suggestiveness of his forms as well as for his playfulness and the fact that he was able to bring modern sculpture into the realm of everyday life. I am also inspired by Henry Moore because I share with him a love of time-worn bones and stones and bits of driftwood as well as a strong heart connection to the landscape of home.

 

BIO

Professional artist Birgit Piskor was born in the town of Calw, situated in the Black Forest region of Germany. At a young age, she immigrated to Victoria, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada, where her studio and gallery are now located.

 

Known for her sensual organic forms, Piskor’s unique sculptural works are held in private collections both locally and internationally. Her work is steadily evolving – from gracefully arching female forms to striking geometric totems to large-scale abstract pieces.  Each of Piskor’s original sculptures is individually hand-built with exceptional attention to detail.

 

Piskor channels the industrial essence of concrete into shapes and textures that defy its inherent rigidity. The flowing organic concrete forms she produces are tactile expressions of transformation and visceral moments of beauty.

 

THE PROCESS

Each of my sculptures is hand built on a steel armature layered with small hand mixed batches of a modified concrete. This formula affords me creative control while ensuring the maximum strength and durability of my work.

 

A certain intimacy and honesty gradually emerges by hand building each piece: displaying the marks of the maker, the soul of the work, and the final form.

 

The process becomes like a beautiful dance that constantly challenges the notion of what concrete can become.