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Gallery - BEASTS

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The individual characters are based upon the Artist’s own menagerie. Playful, whimsical and amusing at first appearance, more in depth contemplation of the fanciful creatures reveals underlying dark and somber qualities. Grimaces, snarls, stances, and other gestures convey an array of emotions, including fear, lamentation, and aggression. Tails, commonly recognized as an animal’s emotional barometer, are exaggerated in size in comparison to each creature’s body mass. Long and thick, the appendages are held upright, standing erect, taut and on-guard. The straining extended necks and the tight lines of the textured bodies aid in relaying this tension between lighthearted whimsy and the darker range of emotions.
In the lyrical style of Dana L. Stewart, the Beast in a stance, portrays emotion, a sense of amusement, combined with tension. The gestures evoke feelings; whimsy and light heartedness in some, lament, loneliness or alarm in others. The viewer is invited to share in the sculpture by deciding what type of creature the beast may be and is also invited to empathize with the beast.
Dana stated: “If someone passes one of my sculptures and smiles I feel the making of the sculpture was worth the effort”.