Simple and adorable tabletop Penguin and her baby. Hand polished & bent aluminum with painted scarf accent, in blue or red. Signed.
Made by Sondra Gerber in Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Sondra's aluminum sculptures have an intimate interaction between shape, shadow, reflection, and movement. The use of positive and negative shapes within her designs cast alluring shadows that interact with the piece itself. Carefully planned out patterns and textures are ground into the surface to reflect light, creating the appearance of movement. Arranging multiple layers of images challengers the viewer to look beyond the surface. This is the hallmark of her work.
While the influence of mid-century design is undeniable in Sondra's creations, she maintains a look that is fresh and unique to her. Sondra seeks innovative techniques, new technology, and a continued openness for new ideas. This results in an ever-evolving body of work.
Sondra's original designs are drawn into a CAD program and then are intricately cut by laser from aluminum into dimensional layers. Each piece is then meticulously hand-brushed with different power tools to create reflective lines that intentionally flow with the artwork. Transparent color (which allows the grinding patterns to show through) is added by hand-painting layers of colors, or with hand-cut fused glass (fired in house). Sculptures are manually bent and assembled and signed by the artist. These pieces are safe to install outdoors-- just be careful of wind.
Throughout childhood, Sondra was nurtured to do all things creative. Well-versed in art, she attended the Colorado Art Institute to earn a fashion degree. While exploring several creative ventures after college, Sondra "found herself" in welding class for the next five years. She kicked off her sculpting career by opening a gallery in 2001. More than two decades later, Sondra's sculptures can be found throughout the country... you may have even seen her featured on HGTV doing her craft!
Find more of Sondra's work here.