Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Seeds of Memory by Ava Blitz
Seeds of Memory by Ava Blitz

Seeds of Memory

Cast Concrete

3' 8" x 1' 8" x 2'

Ava Blitz
Bryn Mawr, PA

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Artist's Comments

From an early age, I have carved heads that were reminiscent of and influenced by many cultures: Egytian, African, Pre-Columbian, etc. I have worked in stone and feel that I, like artists in all cultures, have a basic human desire to represent and eternalize myself and my collective life in a permanent and symbolic fashion. There is a formal similarity and simplicity inherent in this action that seems to be universal. Over time, my work has become increasingly less literal, more abstract, and for now more organic. Symbols of plant, animal, and utilitarian forms such as shells, hives, leaves, flowers, and vessels, have replaced the actual figure. The symbols are life-giving, often female, nourishing, sheltering, soft yet cast or carved in hard stone, long-lasting but simultaneously defining growth, change, and evolution. In the natural cycle of things, death accompanies life. The idea of fossils and artifacts, a memory of the past, also appears in my work. I try to create beautiful, contemplative, spiritual objects, informed by the past and by cultural tradition. Their particular presentation or installation in indoor or outdoor environments extends their meaning. I am attracted to natural materials that harmonize with the environment, such as stone and concrete, itself an aggragate of sand and stone. I am interested in the inherent possibilities of materials, and the artist's involvement with the sculptural process itself.
Ava Blitz