'HayBarrels: After Monet' an ongoing series of work.
in urban London and attending Central School of Art, Lambert would frequent the National Museum where there are several of
Claude Monets ‘Haystack’ paintings in the collection. She would study and stand
in front of them slightly mesmerized, as they
still seemed to be constantly changing in the light even though she knew she was looking
at a static object. To her they manifest a magical effervescence which is an
element she strives to capture in her own work.
in rural New York the pastoral scene returned to her in a much different context, especially in the fall driving through the surrounding farmlands. Although hay bales remain a romantic symbol of
pastoralism and agrarian life this work references issues such as oil in
the soil and storage of toxic waste in the landscape.
|'HayBarrels' as seen at Saratoga Train Station as part of Saratoga Springs Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition|
is in our relationship of how things exists, where things come from and the
human obsession with speeding up the work of nature to make things better and faster. She uses the iconic
55 gal drum as a component of ‘HayBarrels
: After Monet’ , the very same drum that is used to dispose of toxic waste.
|Single 'HayBarrel: After Monet'|
pastoral element she obtained a large round haybale from a local farmer and kept
it in the studio over a period of several weeks taking molds as the haybale
deteriorated. Deliberately choosing to cast them in Aluminum because this relatively new space age metal does not rust, it glistens. It is a
material that will not change in itself, it is also very sensitive to reflecting
the light of different times of the day: an ode to Monet.
|Detail of Haybale texture in cast aluminum : cast by Coral Lambert at the National Casting Center Foundry, Alfred, NY|
Monet would work on several canvas’s at once as
at differing times of the day and in various seasons haystacks absorb the light
from diverse parts of the color spectrum. As a result, the residual light that is reflected
off of the haystacks is seen as ever-changing, and manifests in distinctive
coloring. In ‘HayBarrels’ the silver
aluminum acts as a mirror to its environment.
|Coral Lambert working on the 'HayBarrels' at Salem Art Works, NY|
|Molding the Haybale at the National Casting Center Foundry, Alfred, NY|
|Proposal for 'HayBarrels at StormKing Sculpture Park, New York (digital print)|
|'HayBarrels' Stacked version (collage)|
|Looking through the window out onto the Courtyard at Pelham Art Center, NYC|
|Stacked and Strapped 'Haybarrels: After Monet' 2014|
'HayBarells : After Monet' : Six Stack Version as above is permanently installed as part of the Jackson Union Sculpture Trail in Jackson, TN.
The Maquette is on a more domestic scale and gives a cheeky nod to Warhol's soupcans. It is currently on show and available for purchase at FooLPRoof Gallery, Rhino Arts District, Denver.