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Heaven & Earth

 

"Between Heaven and Earth, created expressly for its current site within a grove of tall pines, emerges into view with the silent grace of an apparition. Twice-life sized, the sculpture resembles a hollow funeral shroud, or bandages wrapped tight as a cocoon around an invisible female wearer. Many aspects of the piece work together to enhance its ghostly ephemerality: its inflated size, its liminal suspension between ground and sky, the dancing light as it filters through the trees, and its ethereal, perhaps ancient, pallor. A circle of bricks beneath the specter hint at a fire-pit, or even a crematorium. Yet unlike rising smoke—echoed by the shroud's ripples of stiffened cloth—this specter does not dissipate, it remains instead a solid, solemn presence. In the quiet of the clearing, Rossmer's installation provides an intimate space for her symbolic reincarnation of a lost, but not forgotten, soul."

Nick Carpasso, DeCordova Museum description of art in the Sculpture Garden, 2000-2002

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Between Heaven and Earth © Gabrielle Rossmer
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Acrylic resin, gypsum, fiberglass, cloth, aluminium
6' X 3' X 2'

Photo: Richard Bird

 

Close-up of Between Heaven and Earth © Gabrielle Rossmer
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

 

Ancestral Memory © Gabrielle Rossmer
Forest Hills Educational Trust

 

Ancestral Memory © Gabrielle Rossmer
Forest Hills Educational Trust