Two Whimsical Creations by Susan Tabachnick in her Lost and Found Circus
Tabachnick sees humor and personality in the pieces she
assembles, metal or wood or ceramic, for they become her "toys" and
"building blocks" as she fits them into an object of interest. Rather
than soldering them together, she places them in a pleasing arrangement
and balances each part until her eye tells her it is finished. This
balancing act can become a problem if she disassembles the parts and
then tries to reassemble them, unless she has taken a photograph first.
by shapes, sizes, materials and color, the pieces speak to her and tell
her how they need to be combined. She "marries" these odd discarded
items together and has no idea what most of the stuff is. For her, it's
an "intuitive process" that responds to how she sees each piece. It's
"totally imaginary" and she is often amazed at "how the pieces come and
create a dialogue."
Always good with her hands, she got her love
for artistic handiwork when she learned to embroider at the age of
five. Using her hands to create something new is both "joyous and
fun." She doesn't think of herself as an artist but rather as someone
who enjoys taking things apart and putting those same items back
Even though Tabachnick doesn't name her creations, her
associate George Carsillo of Design Monsters does. He designed posters
for her 3 ring circus like Mesmerizing Spinning Giant and Amazing
Unknown Whirling Creature.
To give herself inspiration, she
attends estate sales where she might buy three carloads of objects for
$20 or pay $40 or $50 for only one item. The fun is in the discovering
first and the creation second. The goal is a balanced union and she
doesn't alter or fit anything permanently.
To try your own hand
at this small sculpture design, attend a workshop "Inventive Play" with
Susan Tabachnick on Wednesday, July 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bring your own "found objects" or use the ones provided. A donation of
$5 per family is suggested, for ages 8 to adult. Go to
Come see Susan Tabachnick's imaginative circus sculptures and discover clowns and monkeys or whatever you "see."