"In Passing II"
Stephen Booth, "In Passing II," solid fired clay, 27" x 13" x 9".
STEPHEN BOOTH, Reflections
Kurbatoff Art Gallery, Vancouver
Feb 16 - Mar 2, 2006
By Beverly Cramp
As a child, Stephen Booth spent hours looking at the rows of reflected images in the mirrors of his parents’ vanity cabinet. “I liked looking into the multiple rooms within the reflection,” Booth says. As a grown man, the artist continues to examine multiple images in his sculpting work. “I’m trying to see form and human activity together. I use multiple images to ‘talk to each other’,” he says, referring to his efforts to embody duality in his work. Primarily a sculptor (he occasionally does two-dimensional drawings), Booth has worked in clay for the last 10 years. When completed, his fired clay sculptures tend to look like other materials such as bone, stone, wood and marble. Now Booth is excited to be working in bronze for the first time. Having worked in traditionalism, abstract impressionism and impressionism, Booth now blends the styles. More important to him is the intent of the finished artwork: “While the material leads me down certain paths, everything I do — the style, the result — depends on the reason I’m doing the piece in the first place.”
Represented by: Kurbatoff Art Gallery, Vancouver.