Barbara Arum

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.

Website:  www.barbaraarum.com