Reven Swanson is fascinated by how the human figure creates a powerful expression, using lines that capture negative space and energy. Each figure is autobiographical, depicting a facet of women’s psychological make-up. She shares and understands the rapidly evolving relationship of women to their everyday life in our modern culture. The next exciting series to come, "Helix Moon".
Media: Mild steel, fused glass, painted enamel
Growing up in a rural Colorado setting, as a young girl, Reven built forts in ditches, chased and rode wild horses and hunted lizards with her sister, Channing. It was a childhood experience that ran closely with the rhythms of the natural world. A farmer’s moon is term coined to describe a full-moon wrapped in a rainbow-colored halo. It means the thick atmosphere surely promises moisture. The sculpture rotates in a kinetic motion that reflects the change in wind direction. The fused glass disc interacts with natural light changing as quickly as the weather shifts. It’s a reflection of one of Mother Nature’s gifts.
photo by Shanachie Carrol
Dancing Moon Roller
photo by Christine Williams-Dunton
Dimensions: 72" x 48" x 42"
Media: Mild steel and powder coat
The dancing moon series is an extension of my figurative work reducing the forms to the most simplest of shapes. The shapes, cut-outs and colors are vibrant and full of energy.
The sculpture begins with large sheets of 1/4”-plate steel. Using a plasma cutter, the basic geometry of the sculpture is cut from the sheet. Using heat, the cut-outs are forced into a to a giant spring. By tensioning the steel, kinetic movement gives the steel a “light” interpretation.
Every sculpture in the series begins with an exploration. As the concept develops, spontaneity becomes a part of the process – despite the fact I’m working with power equipment and oversized pieces of steel. Keeping an open mind and letting the material suggest it own shapes is part of the building and design of this series.
I grew up in a rural setting watching the natural events of sun, moon and waving prairie grass. It’s important to express a that happy experience. I want my viewer to sense the optimistic observations and leave with feeling light of heart.
Without knowing my story or my sculptures, I’d like the viewer to be entertained. I’d like the viewer to be drawn into the shapes and explore it’s many images. I’d like the viewer to leave with a sense of happiness and whimsical dance. Modern culture is complicated. Contemporary sculptors have the opportunity to brighten a person’s day is a most simple way.