Barbara French Duzan

Sculpture Statement

Artist Statement

I think of my art as a journal. I can’t resist collecting “treasures” when hiking or walking the beaches. I fill my pockets with everything from seed pods and pine cones to shells and sea glass. I read about the beliefs of many cultures and how they affect the individuals. These objects and ideas make their way to my studio and then to my art as a reflection of my impressions of the world around me, and the I find the world of nature excites and enchants me. Both flora and fauna invite me to study their forms and behaviors, but animals are the vehicles through which I share these passions. My goal is to captivate the viewer with the gestures and expressions that make each subject seem to be unique while at the same time representing their species as a whole. Sculpting in clay for bronze is the best medium for me to share their beauty and their quirks. It allows me to work in an impressionistic style with a touch of whimsy. I judge a piece to be successful if it makes the viewer smile, they In addition to sculpting in clay, I use taxidermy forms as a base and clay and plaster of paris to transform them into animal heads that are uniquely my own. I cover the heads in mosaic-like patterns of clay, beads and found objects. Originally, they were a representation of camouflage for protecting prey animals. The irony is that they end up as a trophy on the wall anyway. The heads allow me to explore ideas of how inanimate objects influence beliefs and behaviors in individuals and cultures. One has only to don a mask to know the power of assuming a whole new personality. Wishes are made to objects such as trees with the expectation of fulfillment. The sculptures can represent the power of a mask, containers of sacred substances, arbiters of disputes, granters of wishes and powerful protectors or guardians. 

Upon request, detailed photographs of all sculptures are available.

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Raven

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Dog House Totem

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Norwich Terrier Sitting

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Norwich Terrier Standing

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Nest with Eggs

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Can't Sleep

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Dove Table Front View

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Puppy with Butterfly

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Puppy with Paw Up

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Puppy on Back [Upside down]

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Ground Squirrel

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Hummer

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Mouse

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Pygmy Owl

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Wren

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Sleeping Dog

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Sitting Fox

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Humdinger

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Bookends

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Flopsy

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Nuthatch on a Pine Cone

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Foxhunter

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Quail Parent & Babies

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Just Browsing

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Pearl

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Jack L Rabbit

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Carrot Patch

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Friends

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Field Mouse

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Polar Bear - Chill Out

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Kingfishers

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Trouble - Cubs on a Ladder

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Netsuke [Available in five different patinas]

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Flora & Fauna small table [Three rabbit legs]

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Wren Party

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Little Bighorn

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

2 Bears

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Cardinal

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Two's Company [2 hummingbirds on bowl]

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Great Blue Heron

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Fox Family

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Balancing Act I

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Colts Together: On Alert and Scratch

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Winter Wren

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Oasis [Three hummingbirds on a bowl]

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Nest small table [Hummingbird and nest]

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

Sleeping Fox

Sculpture by Barbara French Duzan

View Artwork by Barbara French Duzan in Person

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