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Maimin works in clay and produces abstract figures,
geometric assemblages, and cubes embedded with mask-like
faces. After firing, she adds a rich patina to the sculptures
by rubbing and blending oil paints from a wide palate
into the surfaces. The pieces average 12 to 16 inches
high and 8 to 15 inches wide, a perfect size for pedestal
or tabletop placement. Each sculpture sits on an unattached
Clay is a very sympathetic partner. Because it is so malleable,
the medium is wonderfully responsive to the artist, encouraging
full and free expression. The three-dimensional forms
that emerge from Maimin's creative explorations are modernist
in style and draw upon a broad vocabulary of geometric
shapes. Architectural references can frequently be seen.
The strong, carefully crafted forms hint at possible meanings
but leave final interpretations to the observer. The abstract
figures suggest ideas about relationshipsabout the
tensions between connections and separateness. Cityscapes
and habitats may be seen in some of the assemblages. The
cubes are fronted by cartoon-like images that hint at
emotions hidden beneath. The sculptures are non-representational
but very personal. Each is unique, has a good command
of its space, and engages the viewer.
Sybil Maimin's work has been exhibited in the Eastern
United States from Vermont to Georgia with a concentration
of shows in the New York metropolitan region. Several
pieces have won prizes in juried shows. Her sculpture
can be found in collections around the world.