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River connected sculpture A Series of Collaborative
Constructions & Drawings
By Suzanne Dalton & Clyde Foles
The works are an exploration of the tenuous relationship of human designated boundaries with the geologic world. Sometimes an object or structure, or even a city of a particular human culture is useful for only a brief time before becoming an archaeological artifact.
The landscape erodes but so do our human boundaries; once dynamic environments become obsolete. Technology drives our advancement, but also is corrosive to human cultures and social structures and modifies the ecological processes itself. The sequence of discovery, exploitation, manipulation, corrosion, collapse and regeneration is shared by the river and by human cultures, but in very different time frames.

Sleeping Beear Sculpture
The materials used in these sculptures include aluminum, lacquered high density fiber board, acrylic (all highly processed modern materials) and natural fibers, an ancient material. Aluminum, one of the most common elements present in soil but difficult to extract, was a precious metal little more than a hundred years ago; the crown jewels of Sweden are set in an aluminum crown. The highly processed materials are assembled with exposed mechanical connections to form a structure that contrasts sharply with the purity of the watercolor and the woven section. The weaving with its exposed warp and intense colors is the focal point and the bridge that joins disparate materials.
Marble Canyon Painting Many of the images in this series are the result of a journey by Dalton and Foles through the San Juan Caldera region of New Mexico and the Marble Canyon area of the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona.


Detail

Marble Canyon Construction
24"Wx48"Hx6"D

Ms. Dalton studied fine art at Center for Creative Studies. Later she studied loom weaving techniques with a master of traditional weaving, and apprenticed in a professional weaving studio. She opened her own weaving studio in 1977 in California where she began executing large-scale site-specified fiber sculpture commissions. After returning to Detroit, Dalton resumed her studies in the liberal arts field at Wayne State University receiving a B.S., magna cum laude, in Geology.
Mr. Foles is an industrial designer and a partner in the consultant design firm of Dalton and Foles Design. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he is also the Director of Academic Affairs and Chairman of the Product Design program of the Industrial Design department at the Center for Creative Studies, in Detroit.

This husband and wife team maintain their art studio and design consulting firm,
Dalton & Foles Design, in their northern Michigan home, Camp Potawotami.

Introduction | The Commission Process | Fiber Sculpture Gallery
Horse Blankets | Collaborations | Floor Paintings
Suzanne Dalton | Clyde Foles | Dalton & Foles Design | Gardens of Camp Potawotami

Suzanne Dalton | 12387 Scott Rd. | Ellsworth, MI 49729 | (231) 599-2496 |