Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition
I am pleased to announce that my abstract figurative sculpture “She is Shotokan” has been accepted for the 2016-2017 exhibition at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, CA.
“She is Shotokan” is a strong woman karateka. She shows her fire and style with a side thrust kick and hair flying. The sculpture is over six feet tall and made of steel mesh. She is pictured here at my studio, the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook, CA.
Shotokan is a style of karate I practiced for seven years. It was developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo (Yoshitaka) Funakoshi (1906–1945). Gichin Funakoshi laid out the Twenty Precepts of Karate which form the foundations of the art. Within these twenty principles lies the philosophy of Shotokan which alludes to notions of humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness.
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden has a rich heritage of garden art, both natural and man-made. The 37-acre urban oasis provides the beautiful natural setting for Sculpture in the Garden. The present 2014-2015 exhibit is a collection of 42 works supplied by 27 artists which includes three of my sculptures made of the same media and by the same technique, “The Accuser” and “The Accused” and “Chupacabra”.
Visitors are invited to engage with these diverse creations set against a unique backdrop of dragon trees, rare fruit gardens, bamboo groves, tranquil ponds, and other natural settings. Art works from top regional, national, and international artists have been mindfully selected and placed by Naomi Nussbaum Art & Design, Founder of Synergy Art Foundation, curator of the exhibition. All sculptures are for sale.