Sylvia is an artist with an international quality. Her work is not bound by her immediate environment. Sylvia's organic sculptures explore universal themes. Some of her work relates to the female form, for extracting maternal qualities of love, tenderness and warmth.
Other works are purely abstract and she creates exquisite and striking beauty from simplicity. These forms and shapes are often rounded and pierced with holes. She conveys a feeling of sensual delight through her rhythmic contours and flowing forms and shapes.
Another section of her work explores the combination of geometric shapes, such as the circle or square. She builds up a variety of compositions from these elements. Sometimes these works have parts in two, three, and four sections, or are juxtaposed in delicately balanced relationships with some having moving and mobile parts.
She achieves the forms without apparent effort, although it is clear that she strives for a very disciplined and technical perfection. The works are polished to achieve a smooth patina or highly polished surface.
Sylvia uses various media, being equally at ease in glasstone, soapstone, clay, alabaster and plaster. The sculptures are then cast into bronze and stainless steel.
The works on this exhibition are polished and patina bronze and polished stainless steel. Sylvia has also carved some works in Mexican Onyx and has created unusual effects with glasstone. Her sculptures can be seen in numerous private and important collections and Art Galleries throughout the United States, England, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and Europe.
Art Critic Natalie Knight