Evelyn Keyser: In Profile

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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.