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An Eternal Spring - New sculptures by Fran Dibble

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Fran Dibble
at Zimmerman Art Gallery
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015

Added by Zimmerman

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Zimmerman Art Gallery, this month the gallery is featuring five floral bronze sculptures by local artist, Fran Dibble.

With more than 25 years experience working with bronze, Fran recently began a series of bronze floral sculptures. Some of these new works incorporate elements of 24 carat gold gilding, while others are fashioned entirely from bronze.

Below is the artist’s statement about this new body of work.

“Flowers are often a gift of celebration or thank you; in bronze they take on an odd fixed time-frame, forever presenting what might have been only a minor tribute. What would have dried, died and been removed, as sculpture has a life of near forever. These small studies celebrate transient beauty made immortal.

Some of them as real things have their own way to mark time – the magnolia is a flower as ancient, nearly, as the dinosaur. Using the biological process of passing DNA and seeding it cleaves its own passage through time. Likewise daffodils as delicate as they may appear, with their trumpets singing the songs of spring, push up through ice and frost to welcome the season.”

Fran Dibble’s exhibition, An Eternal Spring, runs from 1 to 30 April 2015.

Fran Dibble holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Botany, a MSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and a BA in Philosophy. In 2007 Fran was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to art, and in 2011 was awarded a fellowship at Palmerston North’s UCOL (Universal College of Education). Fran lives and works in Palmerston North with her husband, bronze sculptor Dr Paul Dibble.




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