Artists often experiment with different substrates. For artist Emily Randolph, her continuous use of Dibond aluminum composite showcases its versatility. For her latest piece ‘Cascade’ currently on debut at the Bennett Sculpture Carmel in California, she demonstrates her expertise as a mixed-use artist.
A signature of her work is her inspiration from nature. ‘Cascade’ fits perfectly into her signature style with its influence by the Carmel ginkgo tree’s autumn leaves. Randolph describe, “Combined with my love of water and the use of materials to create water-like effects on each leaf, I strove to create a cascade of dynamic thoughts and impressions that will continue, just as a waterfall feeds a river or ocean.”
Her works often use real flora with a mixture of resin and glass on a Dibond aluminum composite substrate. ‘Cascade’ also utilizes metallic paint and a glaze to give the effect of water. Randolph additionally seeks inspiration from happiness deriving meaning in each piece, for this piece the intentional use of gingko tree leaves embodies endurance and longevity as ancient symbolism describes.
The leaves are installed separately and are offset from the backing to create dimension and shadow. Their placement mimics their natural progression towards the earth when the eyes follow their cascading movement downward. The 30 individual leaves create a cohesive piece and when viewed closely the care and technique of each leaf is further appreciated.
Lastly, Randolph explains, “I used my own original photography to capture a sample of ginkgo leaves. Though ginkgo leaves are instantly recognizable, they actually are all unique in shape, so I had a challenge to pick my favorite ones. I chose to use Dibond for this installation, and continue to use it for many of my artworks, because to me it’s actually a very sexy material! This may seem like an odd description for hard metal, but combined with my fabricator Artisan Colour’s superior UV-cured inks, the effect is velvety smooth. I love it, especially as a contrast with my glossy resin techniques.”
Bennett Sculpture Carmel
San Carlos between 5th and 6th