"Relief Sculpture Series"
The unique and modern Relief Sculpture Series features geometric forms – circles and spheres – created through the layering of tiny acrylic pieces and natural grasses gathered from around the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. Rather than using bright colors – which may influence the emotions drawn from the artwork – all four pieces in the Relief Sculpture Series are white on white, encouraging open interpretation. The Relief Sculpture Series evokes calmness and promotes meditation as one may see its entire shape or see the thousands of pieces which make up the whole. Each of the four pieces provide serenity to our patients as they allow themselves to be swept away in the accumulation of minutiae.
The Artist - Dan Cronin
Dan Cronin, Ph.D., is an artist in residence at The New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur and the self-taught creator of the Relief Sculpture Series. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey and Florida, Cronin has lived in Puerto Rico, Italy, Maryland and Virginia. Cronin began painting and sculpting in 1972, and as a young artist, he was drawn to stippling – a form of art involving the use of a pattern of dots to create larger images and shapes. In his most recent years he has turned to sculpture where he experiments with different mediums to achieve unique results.
Cronin thoughtfully chooses his materials, believing there is a dialogue between artist and material. While he has used an acrylic medium for his Relief Sculptures, in the past he has also woven paper, reeds, straw and other materials in both random and organized fashions to create his art. These pieces have recently been on exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art.
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