Perci Chester’s compelling new series of vibrantly painted steel sculpture will debut with the exhibition of SLINKY CHICK ROCKS at the Katherine Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota this fall. Implied motion has become the signature trademark in her recent work investigating the dynamic quality of expanding form.
Chester’s public sculpture, Industrialization of Beings Series, Gyr Family Cycle, is to be sited downtown Chicago in a public park this September.
Perci Chester’s sculpture and prints have been featured in museum and gallery exhibitions nationally and internationally and are represented in public and private collections. She is the recipient of public art commissions for large scale works and won several awards. The nature of her work stretches itself over a variety of mediums, as it is seen as a constant development, often expressing multiple forms in a single work. She received her BFA from Washington University and her MFA from Rhode Island School Design and has completed numerous public commissions.
As a sculptor, what interests me is the transformative energy that changes inanimate objects into images of lingering contemplation.
My work varies in scale and materials from intimate finely executed bronze castings to wall relief and architectural installations.
Some become anthropomorphic forms playfully expressing human dynamics, while others become abstract and explore light and movement as metaphor for existence.
The reality of political and environmental imbalance casts a dangerous shadow. Art becomes a kind of healing – a meditation of humanity’s spiritual survival willing life back into balance.