ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: SPENCER TINKHAM¬
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: SPENCER TINKHAM
June 4 - June 25, 2022
Saturdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Engage with local working artists creating on-site inspired by Maya Lin and environmental themes. Artists will have mobile studios set up in the Virginia MOCA Atrium.
This month’s featured artist is Spencer Tinkham.
Spencer Tinkham developed a fondness for the natural world, investigating the water’s edge throughout his childhood. Before passing away from cancer, his grandfather instilled a lifelong passion for carving at age eight. Nothing enthralled Spencer more than large flocks of hungry waterfowl wintering behind his home. His first waterfowl carvings were from small wood scraps. Next, Spencer carved life-sized duck decoys to lure waterfowl closer and to critique his work next to wild birds. While his sculptures are no longer utilitarian, he still uses reclaimed materials. On daily walks during the Covid-19 pandemic, he found unfamiliar beauty by closely studying familiar natural objects. Colors, shapes, and textures, which are not easily discernable to the human eye, inspired Spencer’s Macrosculptures. Deception is the very nature of nature, and these sculptures change with a shifting perspective.
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MAYA LIN: A STUDY OF WATER
Virginia MOCA is pleased to present Maya Lin: A Study of Water, a solo exhibition that brings together a selection of the internationally acclaimed artist’s sculptural interpretations of water spanning several decades.