The body of work from my current portfolio, figurative and portrait sculptures, convey subtle reflection on my process of transformation, catalyzed during 2020. The subject matter of my art – human figures or fragments – sculpted from live observation of models [mostly pre-pandemic], are encompassed in a world of feelings, emotions, or storylines. The context my sculptures find themselves in is an attempt to grasp, analyze and accept the variety of realities, perceived as private or collective, real or imaginary. These sculptures emanate emotional & narrative components that unfold during my interaction with them, while going through a personal metamorphosis full of contemplation. This process has turned into a form of self-care & self-healing practice while dwelling in solitude.
Being repeatedly inspired by classical & contemporary figurative sculptures, especially their mastery of precision, materials and surface treatments has led to exploration of metallic patina finishes on ceramic sculptures. I am experimenting with surface finishes inspired by bronze sculptures and the variety of metallic patina options. I utilize artist grade acrylic & metallic paints, mixing them up for custom patina effects; lastly, incorporating various coloured stain wax polish for desired surface finishes. The results are enchanting to my senses, and I deeply hope the viewer can experience this visual journey.
Themes that captivate my awareness are dreams & consciousness, human & vessel forms, solitude vs. loneliness, healing practices, open spaces and light, music and emotionally bonding experiences. I continuously look for ways to inspect and express those concepts through my artistic exploration.
GÜLNAR BABAYEVA is a contemporary figurative sculptor & designer based in New York State’s Hudson Valley. She moved from Baku, Azerbaijan to NYS in 2010 to study art & design thanks to the generosity of a local family.
As an early career sculptor she practiced observational figurative sculpting with master sculptor Tricia Cline at Woodstock School of Art. She graduated with double associate degrees in Fine Arts and Advertising Design & Graphic Technology in 2012 from SUNY Ulster, and was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence in the same year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Azerbaijan University of Languages.
Babayeva, a multidisciplinary creator, has been sculpting since 2012 and began focusing on her sculptor identity with curiosity & solid intention during the pandemic. Her debut solo exhibition of sculpture took place at the Arts Society of Kingston Galleries in June 2021; and her art has been shown in group and juried exhibitions locally at ASK, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum | WAAM, Kingston ArtWalk, Robert H. Angeloch Gallery of WSA, Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery of SUNY Ulster, Plaza Gallery of SUNY Plaza in Albany, as well as virtually since she has embarked on her artistic path. Babayeva’s sculptures have been acquired for private collections.
She has been working as a professional designer with a range of businesses since 2013. Currently, Gülnar Babayeva is an independent designer and practicing sculptor at her studio Caspian Müse.
Member of the following arts & design organizations:
Arts Society of Kingston (ASK)
Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM)
AIGA | The Professional Association for Design
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