A R T I S T G A L L E R Y
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Liz Sibley Fletcher
Phone: (603) 878-2539
As a figurative sculptor, I’m inspired by life in all its forms, from microscopic to human scale and beyond. Life experience, real and imagined, grounds my art. The motivations for my imagery range from human folly to the beauty and power of nature.
Clay, that great shape-shifter, is my medium of choice. It embodies life on every level. Through decades of working with clay, I continue to love its responsiveness to touch, its connection to the earth, its capacity for expressive color. In its final fired state clay becomes stone, yet it reveals all the energy that went into forming it. Each sculpture is a voyage of exploration where I set the course but I’m glad to be surprised with the outcome.
My favorite project was when the Mason NH Historical Society commissioned me to create the life-size statue of Bode, an enslaved African who was Mason’s first colonial inhabitant. As a friend from Sierra Leone modeled for me, I envisioned a young man stolen from his home in the 1700s, looking down the centuries at his people’s experience in this land. A grant from NH Charitable Foundation enabled Bode to be cast in bronze in 2008. Now he keeps vigil in the center of Mason where he tended cattle alone in the wilderness nearly three centuries ago. Visitors can sit with him on his rock and share his perspective.