ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 109

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
olid yet sinuous,
Varda Yoran
’s contemporary figural sculpture
is an exercise in grace. Yoran sees art as “a language, non-verbal
communication,” and in her own work the expressive instrument is
the human body. Her pieces are monochrome, stylized, and often
only a foot in height, but they are excellent representations of the
figure in motion. Her subjects walk and kneel and interact, with no
contextual information other than their own attitudes. Sometimes
only a face is shown, sculpted into a slab of stone; in other works the
face is completely smoothed away to let the body do the talking.
These abstractions suggest narrative, motion, and even turmoil.
Yoran is skilled in an impressive array of media, including bronze,
wood, wax, Lucite, acrylic, and a variety of stone, and to some
extent she will tailor her method to her material. A translucent
piece of onyx will be cut so as to best show off the stone’s grain,
and her bronze pieces are thinner and lighter in order to take
advantage of the metal’s delicacy. But her chief aesthetic runs strong
throughout every sculpture, no matter its makeup. The human
form is streamlined into geometrical simplicity. Edges and corners
are hard and meet at right angles, but surfaces are smooth and
undulating. Figures move and contort emotionally – Yoran achieves
an outstanding, fluid subtlety in their postures that exists in tension
with the strength of her lines.
Varda Yoran was born in China to Jewish Russian expatriates, and
lived in Israel and England before settling in the United States.
She has experience in oil, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, and graphic
design, and has worked in teaching, publishing, and reporting. She
has exhibited in the United States, Finland, Israel, Italy, and Canada.
Varda Yoran
Caress Bronze 10” x 14” x 7”
Zen Persian Onyx 12” x 16” x 8”
Varda in her Studio
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