Sculptor, painter, teacher, curator and student of anthropology, philosophy and religion, Sydney K. Hamburger earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree, with emphasis in sculpture, from Towson State University, Baltimore. She also studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Oxford University, England, and the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. Her work is included in the collections of the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, MD, The Macdowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; The Talbot Bank, Easton, MD; Grace Hartigan, New York/Baltimore; Pepita Seth, Delhi/London, and Amalie R. Rothschild, New York, NY and Rome, ITALY among others. Hamburger was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Hood College, Frederick, MD in 1993.
I feel, at various times, vulnerable, isolated, and exposed to grave dangers. My art is an effort to mitigate and dissipate these anxieties for myself and my audience. My recent sculpture, a series entitled SAFE SPACES AND RITUAL OBJECTS, embodies my concern about, and exploration of, man's current environment - social, cultural, and spiritual.
SAFE SPACES are modern versions of the caves, hogans, houses, and cathedrals where people have traditionally sought refuge. They are my "circles in the sand", within which I, and perhaps others, can find respite from the pressures of life, contact our inner selves, (A function largely ignored today), and perhaps, for a while, feel safe. In our alienation and isolation we have substituted recreation for re-creation and confused novelty with renewal. Our cosmology is failing us at precisely the moment when we most desperately need to confront the mystery and uncertainty of our lives and destinies. No artist can fill this spiritual void, but art, through the artist, can define spaces within that void. I seek to establish sanctuaries in which my viewers and I may feel centered, grounded and safe.