Solar Disk, 2012. Fabricated stainless steel, 85 x 63 x 29 in.

Thought Before Matter: A Conversation with Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas

Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas sees heads as metaphors for the spaces they inhabit and the abstract ideas they generate. Using the joined last names of her mother, Margaret Strong, and her father, George Cuevas, she studied at the Art Students’ League in the 1960s with John Hovannes, who taught her to carve wood and stone. She also modeled in wax, today casting her hand work at Polich Tallix Foundry. In the 1970s, she began working in plaster with Toto Meylan. Strong-Cuevas’s summer 2012 exhibition at Guild Hall in Easthampton featured five monumental steel works created between 1999 and 2012. In Solar Disk (2012), a huge curving sphere on a steel base, straight and lightning-bolt cut-outs alternate through a central circular form, giving views through the work. In this way, Strong-Cuevas includes viewers and nature in her composition.She has recently had solo shows at the Wynwood Art Fair (Black and White Gallery, Miami, courtesy Evelyn Bourricaud) and at the Island Weiss Gallery in New York… see the entire article in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.