Barbara Arum, b. 1937, Des Moines, Iowa, sculptor and furniture maker, works mainly in wood, steel and bronze. She studied wood with Raymond Rocklin, the lost-wax method and bronze casting with Philip Listengard, SUNY, Purchase, and life-modeling at Silvermine Art Guild.
Arum works in series. Totems are wood with abstracted figures with metal chain and rubber, suggesting restrictions in society. Other totems are a Malagasy influence with geometric shapes, a female figure, and an animal - a more spiritual interpretation. The Geometric style is used in both welded steel sculpture and furniture. Wood reliquaries, structures that hold relics. combine two passions – birding and sculpting. Carved reliquaries hold found objects and items by indigenous artisans - often used as doors - thereby entwining their spirit and energy with Arum’s.
Selected group exhibits: Butler Institute of American Art, Grounds for Sculpture, Hudson River Museum, Newark Museum and Hammond Museum. Solo exhibits: Coffey Gallery, Lancaster Museum of Art, Pindar Gallery, and Cassandra Gallery.