Estella FransbergenBronze Torso with Wire Ball38x24Mixed Media Sculpture
Estella FransbergenClay Torso with Gold Overglaze30x20Mixed Media Sculpture
Estella FransbergenGlass Torso with Pearls, Quartz and Crystals31x19Mixed Media Sculpture
Estella FransbergenHigh Polish Bronze Torso with Amethyst and Crystals32x16Mixed Media Sculpture
Estella FransbergenHigh Polish Bronze Torso with Quartz, Crystals and Silver Plated Leaves50x19Mixed Media Sculpture
Estella FransbergenSawdust Fired Textured Torso with Wood, Quartz and Crystals33x28Mixed Media Sculpture
Estella FransbergenSilver Plated Bronze Torso with Topaz, Quartz, Crystals and ShoesMixed Media Sculpture
Estella FransbergenTraditional Bronze Torso with Butterflies55x10Mixed Media Sculpture
In Celebration of the Human Form… I begin with simple clay and sculpt the torso using the coil building technique. The simplicity of the torso captures the essence of the soul. That, together with the primitive firing techniques of sawdust and Raku, brings me back to my South African roots. The beauty of the colors in the clay is created by the intensity of the fire. Each torso comes from the fire with a uniqueness all its own. This element of surprise and individuality celebrates the human form.
In Celebration of Mother Nature… I “dress” the naked form of the torso to represent nature using feathers, branches, leaves, and gemstones. I use semi-precious and rare stones, formed over millions of years. Ancient science tells us that each stone has a symbolic meaning and our eyes detect the unique beauty of what lies within each.
My sculptures reflect my total life experience. Born and raised in South Africa, studied art in the Netherlands, I now reside in the heartland of the USA. These experiences have exposed me to cultural diversity and the beauty of nature.
My work is the expression of the human form…
and the embodiment of beauty entwined with the powers of Nature.