This past winter, Dan Carlson and I collaborated on a piece titled Stele.

During the many meetings and emails that proceeded the event that resulted in Stele, we talked at length about breaking down the overtly masculine nature of minimalist sculpture, with a grain of salt and sense of humor.

The result of all this talk and research was a human sized minimalist-inspired stele/stela form cast from a periwinkle-colored, bubble gum-scented alginate.

Stele took about four hours to cast, and stood complete for about two minutes. Which, initially, was kindof disappointing. The strange, broken form, wobbly and dripping on the floor, was messy, and not at all what we had envisioned. We were thinking too much like sculptors, like makers of discrete objects. I see now that Stele, did in fact achieve what we had hoped it would, but as a performance, not as an object.

It has taken me a few months to understand the importance of this piece for to my practice; it was my first cast sculpture, my first use of an ephemeral/biological material, and my first performance piece.

stele, stela, Dan Carlson, Suzanne Stroebe, sculpture, performance, alginate

stele, stela, dan carlson, suzanne stroebe, sculpture, performance, alginate

stele,stela, performance, sculpture, dan carlson, suzanne stroebe


dan carlson, stele

stele, stela, dan carlson, suzanne stroebe, sculpture, minimalism, post minimalism, alginate

thank you to Katja Andreiev  and Tom Butter


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