Sculptor Betty Branch’s earliest memories are of “making”—paper dolls, cardboard playhouses, a fort in the woods. “For 40 years now, the making of sculpture has been almost as important to me as breathing,” she says. The female form, children and crows are her primary subject matter.
“I approach the portrayal of woman as a purposeful, contemporary statement that we are strong, sensual, beautiful, nurturing and wise,” says Branch. The artist says imagery from ancient matriarchies is a source of inspiration and instruction, recalling the authority and dignity of the goddess. She is also exploring the “infinite possibilities in the image of Crow/Raven; as psychological ally and adversary, playmate and witty humorist, moving beyond the archetype of death to become an image for aging as well.”
Branch works in diverse media, such as clay, wax, stone, straw and fabric, which keeps her fresh in her approach to making sculptures. Once completed, most of the work goes to a foundry where it is cast in bronze. The end of this process, she says, transitions or overlaps continuously with the beginnings of the next.
Betty Branch: Retrospective will be held at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, from September 2, 2022 to March 5, 2023. —
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