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Being 709.2

My work is ontological – concerned with the nature of being or existence.

I use sculpture (formal and social), sound, voice, text - whatever I can get my hands on - as symbol/metaphor/formula for calculating the volume of life.

I am grappling with issues of loss and embodiment, identity and mortality, influenced by my experience of my own body, flavored by my body’s transformations and eventual loss and decay, and scented by my relationships with other folks (both in and out of their bodies).

library shelfWhen forced to categorize my work,I consider myself a 709.2 artist, the Dewey Decimal classification for
"artists not limited to or chiefly identified with a specific form . . “

Despite my lack of loyalty to form or media, I have been exploiting glass for over 25 years. 

My earliest interest was in glass blowing --- the magical dance of my body recorded in material.  More recently, I have been using glass for its light moving qualities and fragile associations. 

These material based metaphors of translucency and fragility combined with the literalness of representational figure sculpture are a part of the symbolic tool kit I am currently using to build the presence of absence.

Lynne-Rachel Altman
Berkeley, CA 2006