Willow Tree is an intimate line of figurative sculptures representing sentiments of love, closeness, healing, courage, hope... all the emotions we encounter in life. Signature Collection was designed to celebrate 15 years of Willow Tree and consists of three pieces related by architectural form, distinctive colouring and textural surfaces. Figures are taller than other Willow Tree figurines, more columnar in shape and distinguished by blue ombre effect embellished with gold dots. "I have two sisters - as far back as I can remember, the three of us have always been very connected. Even if they are far away, I feel like they're always right here, by my side... I know I can count on my sisters and girlfriends whenever I need support... or a good dose of humour." - Susan Lordi. The item is made in cast stone and hand-painted with lead-free paint. Supplied in a celebratory branded gift box and a gift tag with sentiment 'From each other, over the years, we gather strength, through laughter and tears'.
Approx. Dimensions: 24cmH 17.5cmW 9cmD
Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each Willow Tree sculpture. Using family and friends as models, Susan tries to capture a moment in time, or express a feeling. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and then individually painted by hand. Softly washed colours, carved and metal accents, and representative icons of nature mark Susan’s work.
Her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey, and renders them in simple, pure gestures. These art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope…all the emotions of a life well lived.
The name Willow Tree was chosen to symbolise all that is gestural and beckoning. The figures are columnar in design, like a tree, and often carry natural objects or animals as metaphors for human virtues or qualities…rosemary for remembrance, a bird for healing, flowers for beauty. The sculptures are rendered so as to suggest elegance, simplicity, peace and serenity. Forms reveal their expressions through body gestures only…a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body.
Emotions are left to the viewer to discern, which makes them personal and powerful. ‘Willow Tree is not necessarily a likeness, it’s a way of conveying emotion…a reminder of someone we want to keep close, or a memory that we want to touch, or see.
I hope that people can recognise subtle expressions or gestures of those they love, and from that, be able to select pieces that are uniquely meaningful for them.’ Susan Lordi