MATERIAL: metal: steel, stainless
DIMENSIONS: overall: 96 in x 40 in x 40 in
CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
© Lila Katzen Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
'Aqua Libra', made of textured stainless steel with bronze weldments, is a commanding abstract work by the late Lila Katzen. The forceful piece is charged with power created from the upright asymmetrical sections that stand 8 feet tall. It marks a break from the artist's earlier flowing and sinuous looping ribbons of steel and follows a new direction set forth in the early 1990s. Though not immediately apparent, the abstract works from this period are interpretations of contemporary cultural issues as seen by the artist. The aggressive compositions, jagged-edged fragments, and exposed seams allude to society's jarring fragmentation.