June 27, 2003 - December 1, 2003
Philadelphia artist Evelyn Keyser has been creating figurative woodcarvings for over 50 years. Keyser is known for her mastery of the direct carving technique. She will start with a block of wood, often mahogany or pine, and then skillfully remove material using a chisel. Keyser's figurative sculptures are elongated simplified forms with an emphasis on the silhouette. In this particular series, the depth of the figures are extremely thin yet fully three-dimensional. Keyser's interpretation of the figure is reminiscent of African and Egyptian sculpture, and other non-Western art forms that did not strive for naturalism. Like these artistic influences, Keyser's sculptures embody a sense of timelessness and are universally symbolic.