Miriam Hendel (Sculptor)
The Intersections series started out with one sculpture (Intersections#1), made for the backyard of a dear friend. It was named to represent the different crossings, the comings and goings of our near 30 year friendship. However the name also relates to the core metal the piece is created from—steel-faced curb, found on the sidewalk intersections of NYC street corners. The metal edgings that keep the rounded curbs strong, but by most of us, are hardly noticed.
The Intersections series is about people, and intersecting lives. It is about the impact of the people who cross into a life: known and unknown, expected and unexpected, bringing joy and sadness. Friends, passersby, lovers, teachers, children. Sometimes staying, sometimes going. All this is at the heart of these pieces.
And who literally has taken steps on this metal? You the viewer? My immigrant grandparents before I was born? A friend yet to be made?
Thank you to David Fischweicher, my partner in crime, and to all the people at the NYC DOT who have helped me gain “legal” access to steel faced curb. As this series develops, it is exciting to see how the pieces continue to interact with each other and their viewers.
Miriam received her fine arts degree in painting from the University of Maryland at College Park. As a student, she interned at Pyramid Atlantic Studios, a papermaking and printmaking facility, where she got her hands on an early Macintosh computer and started creating studio brochures and marketing materials. While staying active as a visual artist since college, Miriam has made her living as graphic artist while raising her two sons.
Exclusively a figurative painter until the early 2000s, Miriam started to explore sculpture through figurative clay classes with instructor Leslie Dor at the Westchester Arts Workshop. This is where she met Yonkers artist David Fischweicher when he was visiting his artistic mentor—Leslie Dor. Five years ago, Miriam finally took David up on his gracious invitation to come to his studio and learn to weld, and she has been hooked on metal sculpture since.
Miriam’s sculptures are made almost exclusively from found/scrap metal from the streets and railroad tracks of NYC. She has also recently been spending time in northern New Mexico and is incorporating bone found in the high desert into her metal pieces.
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