Artist StatementI sculpt the felt body as much as the seen body. The contours of my figures are defined by feelings of movement and pose. These sensations writhe across the sculpture's surface creating an expressive dynamism. All of my figures are performers. They act out emotional states and desires, whether for an imagined audience or for their own catharsis. I have always been influenced by dance. My most recent work owes much to Butoh, a Japanese dance form that emphasizes facial contortion and physical transformation. Some of my sculptures combine animal and human attributes. I find that by becoming animal, the figure can escape the constraints of human propriety and delight in its own expressive corporeality. Many of the bodies I sculpt are depicted in transcendent or extreme postures. I am interested in transcendence as desire, something hard sought but only momentarily, if ever, achieved outside of fantasy. I want my figures show the exertion, but also the humor of this effort to imagine and hope.
Trisha Kyner was born in 1966 in California. She holds a BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana. For many years Trisha taught ceramics and sculpture at universities and recreational centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2006 she moved to Baltimore where she now has her studio. Currently she is an instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art and Baltimore Clayworks. Her work has been shown at Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey, the National Gallery of Art in India and at Artemisia Gallery in Chicago. In addition to her clay work, Trisha regularly produces large-scale sculptures with the collaborative “Grendel’s Mother.”