American Artist Creates Environmental Sentinel in Skulpturparken
American artist Marguerite Elliot is artist-in-residence at Hollufgård in September. In the mixed media workshop she is working on a large metal sculpture to be erected in the Sculpture Park at the end of September. The work is part of a series, which she calls “Sentinel” (guard post), and which includes a.o “Arctic Sentinel”, created during a stay in Kemijarvi in Northern Finland. as well as several works located in the United States.
Growing up on a small farm in rural Virginia, I spent many hours walking along stream banks, communing with nature. I was fascinated with the farm machinery and loved watching my Dad make things. The art I create today has a direct connection to my years growing up in the country. I feel a deep affinity with nature and the natural cycle of life. Concerned with the current environmental destruction, loss of species, and irrevocable environmental changes taking place all over the world, my work functions as both a reliquary and a shrine, to what is lost or soon may be lost.
Marguerite Elliot’s guard posts intertwine spiritual symbols and elements of older cultures with references to the cell phone masts of modern communication technology. “Sentinels” stand in the countryside and guard, both over fragile ecology and over vulnerable ancient cultures. Thus, Sentinels are an extension of the artist’s lifelong commitment. As a sculptor and curator, she has been dealing with social, political, feminist and ecological issues since the 1970s, and her early works are documented in the Getty Museum archives.