As a sculptor, Pattie Porter Firestone uses a simple vocabulary of metal lines in space to create three-dimensional objects anchored in the earth and yet break away from their gravitational limitations. Searching to comprehend nature’s invisible language, she uses line, rhythm, and movement to express energies connecting us with the earth.
A sculpture & sound installation by sculptor Pattie Porter Firestone and composer Barbara Abbott Buchanan Sept. 3 – Dec. 14, 2011 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC Open Tues. – Sun. 11-4 pm Opening Reception Sat. Sept. 17, 6-8 pm American University Museum
Seismic Dream combines original sculpture, music scores, and poetry into a ‘dreamscape’ experience, conveying wavelike energy that disrupts the few references of reality within the American University Museum Sylvia Berlin Katzen Sculpture Garden. These waves pull the viewer into the symbolic space of abstract and childhood images using the medium of twisted steel moving in and out of the walls. A poem on the sculpture garden wall complements these perceptions. As one walks through this dreamlike environment, pulsating music emanates from the steel outlines of a simple house and boat, both at skewed angles. On the far wall, the viewer reaches the piece’s riveted climax, visualizing the fault lines between the industrial age and the current age. Here, the rhythms of the sculpture rupture abruptly only to move back into wavelike patterns and their analogous dreamscape experience.
Click here to read the “Interview of Pattie Porter Firestone by Jack Rasmussen.”
Click here for the article in Sculpture magazine June 2012 issue, pg. 76-77.