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Blessing Way

Blessing Way
Sculpture (H 72in x W 24in x D 24in)
Distant Thunder

Distant Thunder
Sculpture (H 74in x W 55in x D 36in)

Artist Biography

Star grew up in Maryland, the daughter of a ballerina and a woodworker. She attended the University of Maryland, the Institute of Art in Baltimore, and the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C.

In 1985, Star moved to New Mexico, where she currently lives with her husband, Jeff Brock, and their menagerie of animals.

A prominent sculptor, Star was chosen as one of the 30 most influential artists by Southwest Art Magazine. Her work has been featured on the cover of numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, Art Talk, New Mexico, and The Equine Image. Star was honored in 1999 with a solo exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has shown her work in many galleries and museums.

Since arriving in the Southwest, Star's body of work has reflected the cultural diversity and history of the area. She is also inspired by the native wildlife and mythology, and the mysteries of ancient sacred sites. Star says, "This is a place that requires a curious, open mind and respectful patience for it to reveal all its aesthetic and spiritual complexities. It is richly rewarding when time and care are given."

Star's source of inspiration for a significant part of her work comes from Native American and Western cultures. She sensitively captures their cultural identity, whether indigenous or ranch life, and celebrates them by preserving her observations through bronze. Star says, "When a character emerges from a work I am sculpting, I feel touched at a deeply intimate, subconscious level. It is this essence in a work of art that makes it intensely personal and entirely universal at the same time. I'm much more comfortable with animals. I trust the emotion of animals and horses. I understand where they are coming from and their behavior is honest."

Horses have been another source of inspiration. Since the purchase of her first horse in high school, Star has been intrigued by the fluidity of line and mass of horse anatomy, as well as by the animal's fiery instincts.

Star's sculptural depictions of the horse are based on her interpretation of the equine image through history. Star says, "An enduring appeal of horse imagery is that it can embody both powerful male and female symbolism. The horses depicted on the ceremonial caves of Paleolithic man suggest fertility and abundance, whereas the horse in Renaissance art, depict equines that have developed into tools for battle . . . strongly male."

Media Links
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Southwest Art Article, Feb, 2014
American Art Collector Article, May, 2011
Southwest Art Article, July, 2009
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