Choose a gallery from the Wire Sculpture dropdown (top left); all wire sculptures shown are Ruth Jensen originals. No molds, forms, or patterns are used. For most sculptures, I hand twist individual lengths of wire together to build a self-supporting exoskeleton. Here’s a pileated woodpecker under way:
Wire sculpture demands more effort, more involvement from the viewer than traditional sculpture might. A wire sculpture is there, and not there; your mind tells you what your eyes are seeing, but shift your focus and you’re looking right through it – a most unexpected view. The extraordinary wonder of each ordinary person, creature, or situation becomes apparent because of wire sculpture’s transparency. I like to think about this while I work. I’m not into ugly or grim; I hope my wire sculptures give people a break from that.