|Lambert with "Triumph" (2012)|
She calls her studio a "soup" to which she is constantly adding ingredients. At any given time, several paintings are in progress and assorted items for use in a sculpture are scattered around the room. Lambert will be painting and might suddenly think, "This color would be perfect for the side of that block of wood." She'll dash over, paint the block, and return to work on her painting.
|Lambert with "Fortress" (2012)|
When the exhibit is taken down, the pieces will be returned to the soup of her studio. Although the same components may be included in a later sculpture, the configuration is likely to be different. (In fact, the "Fortress" in the catalogue for the show is slightly different than the work on display.) Given her approach, Lambert is always taking a fresh look at her creations and can respond to the space where her work will be shown. Her "Curio Logic II," for instance, was inspired by a portrait gallery in Room 3 at the Ringling.
If you are getting the sense that I was quite taken with both Lambert and her art, you'd be right. It was a true pleasure to talk with her about her work and the New York art scene. I have no doubt the young students she taught equally enjoyed their time with her and will long remember the joy of creating their own sculptures. In a time when arts education is a dwindling commodity, that is a true gift.
Next up: Fan favorites in the "Re:Purposed" show.