Lustration, 2015 •
Giannetta Salon & Spa •
1158 North Avenue (9D)
Lustration exemplifies the powerful human spirit that both contains and reflects the world. Introspective and inquiring, the simplified Buddha-like figure suggests a larger perspective, as it sits calmly between two trees and gazes into a series of reflective pools.
Whie focusing on the concentrated being of an individual, my sculptures open out to wider contexts of human relationship: to family, to community, to local history and to the natural world. The diverse media I use – from cast resin, cement, steel and clay, to mesh, found objects and mirrors – are chosen for specific situations or states of mind. Some works are centered and grounded while others incorporate air, shadows, reflected light and glittering surfaces to convey a radiance within.
Haviland’s abstract-figurative sculptures and public installations have been exhibited in galleries, parks, museums and educational settings. Awards include grants, fellowships and residencies at such venues as Sculpture Space, Skowhegan and Yaddo. Her work reveals a particular interest in birds and avian mythology, human and natural gesture and images of women. Haviland earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Hunter College. She lectures independently and teaches sculpture at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.