M . L . S n o w d e n S c u l p t u r e
T H E G E O L O G I C A L C O R E I U M
Empire of Light
“Halo” and “Nimbus”
ABOUT THE WORK.....
M.L. Snowden’s sculptural diptych, Halo and Nimbus, dramatically advances the sculptor’s contemplation of optical light phenomena. Here, masculine and feminine sculptural formations are inspired by the delicacy of crystal prisms that reflect and refract light into scarves and webs of radiance. In the sculptor’s visual language, where Lumino and Lumina describe liquid water drops of the rainbow, Halo and Nimbus call forth atmospheric ice crystals that bloom skyward around sources of light. In fanning compositions that interact as reflections of one another, both Halo and Nimbus rise as crowns of refracted light that are born of the radiant energies communicated by bronze casting processes and M.L. Snowden’s unique sculptural touch.
Halo, in particular, is that rare sculpture in The Geological Coreium that exists without counterpart in its particular scale and slender visioning of three feminine forms.” Halo is lithe and serene, pure delight and harmony fuse these three elegant and cosmic evocations into a strong alliance. In this work, Snowden balances joyful figuration into a prism of grace. Through the sheer elan of Snowden’s artistry, Halo carries us into a special realm of appreciation for optical light; light that not only illuminates sculpture, but that celebrates the phenomena of the halo as it sweeps luminescence overhead through a veil. Snowden sculpts these three figures with a smooth translucence, infusing them with a misted technique that sublimates their musculature into lines of form and harmony, much like a crystalline net that gently floats on air.