Becu gives artist’s talk

Aug 04, 2014
Lise Becu’s 2014 “Woman with Bird Nest” (detail) is carved of Canadian black granite.

Ellsworth — Stone sculptor Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor will give a gallery talk Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at Courthouse Gallery, 6 Court St. Becu will talk about her career and new work, which is currently highlighted at the gallery in a solo exhibition titled “Mythical Journey.” The event is free and open to the public.

Becu draws on Inuit mythology and her vivid imagination to create stone carvings of animals and people, often with each species intertwined in a storied relationship. Becu, who works in alabaster, granite or beach stone, will let the stone’s shape dictate the metamorphosis — a pillar of black granite becomes a woman gently sheathed by three great birds; an irregular stone, a chicken; a block of limestone, a boy hugging a rabbit. Becu’s work is in a permanent collection in Kemijarvi, Finland, and in numerous private collections in the United States. She was the recipient of a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust.

Becu was born in the town of Chandler in the Gaspe Penninsula, Quebec, and graduated from Ecole de Sculpture Surbois in St. Port Joli, Quebec, where she studied with reputed sculptor Pier Bourgeault. Later she studied with Sidney Simon at the Arts Students League in New York City and with Joan Esar at the University of Montreal. She has participated in cultural exchanges for sculptors in Finland, France and the 2011 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium in Maine.

For more information and gallery hours, call 667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.