Choose a gallery from the Wire Sculpture dropdown (up top) and browse yourself silly. All wire sculptures shown are Ruth Jensen originals. No chicken wire, molds, forms, or patterns are used; every sculpture starts with a couple of straight pieces of wire twisted together. Then I twist in more and more pieces of wire, until eventually, shazaam! A sculpture! At least that’s what it seems like to me. Here’s the pileated woodpecker when it was well 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. I hope you have fun looking at them.