Bringing your imagination into play!
Ms. Granbery lives and has her studio at her small farm in the north-west corner of Connecticut where she raised her children and enjoys the company of her numerous pets and farm animals. She spends as much time as possible outdoors, much of it exploring the local forests, streams, and lakes as well as traveling to enjoy sea shore areas. To Ms. Granbery, both of these locales offer an inspiring richness of environmental source material for her sculptural ideas.
I use many different media, depending on what is the most appropriate material to express a particular form, and also depending on where that sculpture will be living, indoors or outdoors, in a dry area or in water, etc.
My two favorite media are bronze which is especially good for fountains, and ceramics, which is an affordable alternative that survives best in a consistently warm environment. I also work in concrete, stone, and other metals, most recently using a forging technique with copper sheet called fold-forming. I frequently combine materials in creating one sculpture.
Ecology is the central theme of my work, expressing the depth of our connection to the natural world, and our need to preserve it. Using forms I find in nature, I evolve my sculpture, combining, blending, and abstracting until the finished piece is no longer specific to any one source, but equally evocative of many natural origins. My goal is that the resulting forms strike a pleasurably familiar chord, while leaving room for our imaginations to play. The resulting sculptures are powerful echoes of the forces of Nature.
Artist Working as a sculptor and painter. 1970 - present.
Art Instructor Teaching all media of art to children and adults in my studio at Moore Brook Farm, Salisbury, CT. 1992 - present.
Teacher Teaching drawing, painting, and ceramics. The Indian Mountain School, Lakeville, CT. 1996 - 1998.
Ceramics Instructor Teaching ceramic sculpture to young children. The Wooster Community Art Center, Danbury, CT. 1995.
Teacher Teaching architectural drafting and design and architectural history. The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. 1986 - 1991.
Art Therapist Working with blind, brain-damaged children using ceramic sculpture as a therapeutic medium. Jewish Guild for the Blind, New York, NY. 1973 - 1978.
Art Instructor Teaching metal sculpture and welding to adults. Educational Alliance, New York, NY. 1977.
Graduate Study Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. 1989 Major: Sculpture.
Graduate Study Columbia University, New York, NY. 1986 Major: Architecture.
Bachelor of Fine Arts University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 1982
Certificate of Human Relations The New School for Social Research and The Parsons School of Design, New York, NY 1974 Areas of Study: Art, Art Therapy.
Independent Study in Sculpture with Licio Isolani of The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 1974 - 1978
19"high by 25"wide by 15"deep
Bronze and mixed media.
80"high by 48"wide by 48"deep
In private collection at Noble Horizons, Salisbury, CT
(with welded aluminum base)
7'8"high by 3'wide by 3'deep
28"high by 24"wide by 8"deep
18"high by 8"deep by 8"wide
In private collection
23"high by 14"wide by 14"deep
In private collection