Watching time go by with a painting a day and showing others where to look.
Follow by Email
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Eliska Harmer Smiley
Wow, what amazing bronze and glass work Eliska has been doing since her
recent residency in Mexico! Propped on pillows and logs or hanging from twine in
her studio were sculpted wax and works wrapped in doilies waiting to be cast in bronze.
She's a bit mysterious.
Michael and I had the privilege to visit with her and Dean Smiley in their Millerton, NY
home one evening and my eyes nearly popped out of my head. The food was
But really...Both Dean and Elizka are master glass artists. Everywhere you looked glass bowls, vases, wings, rats by their tails,
and inflated fur filled hearts hung or lay or posed like plump odalesques. On the table a pink glass hand
in a cupped position rested near the computer. ( It now rests on our dining table in Miami!) Around back, an ax handle morphed into a
seashell with wings. Translucent resin slid out of a giant bronze snail shell.
Snakes entwined to become complementary door handles. A bronze lizard
frolicked on his back near the wood pile.
A lot of Eliska's work is inspired by the play of joining separate natural entities. Her past work has combined fur and glass. She spoke of birds, feathers and the ocean surf. You get this sense, gazing into her pieces, that you are on the edge of all you know staring out into the vast mysterious galaxy where anything is possible. And everything is beautiful. Eliska is stepping out...an artist astronaut.