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Sculptor Klemperer to Talk

Creator of large animals on COA campus to speak
Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Deering Common Campus Center

Wendy Klemperer elkWendy Klemperer takes bands of recycled steel - the detritus of civilization - and fashions it into massive sculptures of elk, wolf, caribou, and mountain lion. These large animals are currently grazing on the COA campus. On Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m., the artist will be giving a talk in Deering Common Campus Center about the process and inspiration of her work. A reception follows the talk.

Klemperer's sculptures, welded together from recycled steel reinforcement rods, spikes, and nails, are on campus through spring of 2012. They form the exhibit "Re-Imagined," curated by June LaCombe of Pownal, ME.

Klemperer is known for the strong gestures of her larger-than-life steel sculptures. Born in 1958, Klemperer attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1984, the year after receiving her BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute. She holds a 1980 BA from Harvard-Radcliffe in bio-chemistry. Klemperer's sculptures are in private and public collections throughout the country.

According to LaCombe, "These mammals are re-imagined by the artist, taking on mythic qualities and proportions. They are larger than life; the predators have grown in ferocity, the racks are abstracted, all reflecting the place the wild holds in our imaginations. The recycled materials, pulled from industrial salvage piles, give the animals a rough visceral quality while bringing those materials to life."

The talk at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, in Deering Common Campus Center (south entrance of campus) is free and open to all and will be followed by a reception. For more information contact June LaCombe, www.junelacombesculpture.com, 207-688-4468, or the college at 207-288-5015, www.coa.edu.



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