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Create a sculpture with Mary Ratcliff at Art Fusion

January 4, 2017 // by Stephanie Jackson

Mary Ratcliff believes anyone can create art with whatever materials are available. As MOCA Jacksonville's 2016 UNF student-in-residence, Ratcliff created several sculptural works using wood, iron, and yarn, much of it collected from community members, for her exhibition Interwoven: Heart, Home, and Community.

Mary Ratcliff Interwoven Our Home
Mary Ratcliff appears with her work Our Home, an installation of a wooden frame woven with more than five miles of crocheted yarn chains completed through collaboration with the public. Image courtesy of Denise M. Reagan.

Ratcliff's steel and fiberglass work appears throughout the University of North Florida campus and at UNF Seaside Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach. She also won MOCA's Material Alterations contest with a stunning dress constructed with cardboard, book pages, vines, and branches.

During Downtown Art Walk on January 4, Ratcliff leads an Art Fusion project where guests create their own three-dimensional works using a variety of materials, such as yarn, magazines, and bottle caps. You can creatively repurpose materials that usually might end up in the garbage.

Art Fusion Mary Ratcliff Materials
Image courtesy of Stephanie Jackson.

Think of a theme for your sculpture. Themes can be based on abstract ideas or specific objects. Then interpret the materials for your sculpture. Ask Ratcliff for guidance on building your structure or turning your idea into a 3-D creation. Stretch your skills and imagination by working side-by-side with an artist.

After you finish your artwork, see Interwoven to experience Ratcliff's work, then visit the Art Explorium to play with the interactive stations. Don't miss Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World before its last day on January 8.

Art Fusion Mary Ratcliff Basket Interior
Image courtesy of Stephanie Jackson.

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