“Wind frequently complements the implied organic motion of her sculpture with actual moving parts. For me, this motion creates a lightness that is matched by a whimsical élan. Her Racing Barracudas dash and dart, but don’t get too close—their teeth are sharp! Swags of industrial chains are something of a signature element (as are saw blades, manual hedge trimmers, and heavy industrial springs). They drape in space, swaying with errant wind or in response to heavy footsteps on the floor. Some of the chains are enormous, with large, sculptural links that conjure thoughts of dramatic mechanical processes, out of scale relative to the chains we know in everyday life. The artist’s son John told me that Wind bought a large barrel of rusted industrial chains decades ago at a flea market. This purchase fueled years of experimentation: sometimes she meticulously cleaned the links, other times she encouraged the development of a rich patina. But always she used the chain as an element of distinction.”
-William R. Valerio, PhD, The Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director & Chief Executive Officer, Woodmere Art Museum
78" x 114" x 10"
Varnish Steel, Wood, Paint
March 8, 2016