Saturday, November 7, 2015

Dena Seiferling

I am enamoured by the frozen instants of time that ACAD instructor and alumni Dena Seiferling has captured with her needle felting sculptures. Each character tells a moment of story that invites me into their imagined lives. They feel sentimentally familiar, like a favourite picture book character from childhood come to life.

Dena's characters are super sweet, but not sugary sweet. They are sculpted with a sophistication and realism which, combined with a healthy dollop of quirkiness, gives the designs a living personality. They feel so imbued with life that looking at photos of their creation feels almost uncomfortable to me, like taxidermy. The accomplished sketches can be appreciated all on their own, and I find it intriguing to see how they are translated into the finished sculptures.

 Dena will be bring her raw wool creations to Make It Edmonton Nov 26-29th and Market Collective in Calgary Dec 18-20.