What Should We Do?
Installation at Detroit's Tangent Gallery
of thirty life-sized paper mache
male figures, live grass,
and twelve handmade mechanized birds.
Denise Whitebread Fanning
With an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a B.F.A. from Eastern Michigan University in Sculpture and Painting, Denise Whitebread Fanning is a sculptor whose work has been exhibited widely in the Detroit area as well as nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of an ArtServe Michigan Creative Artist Grant, and was featured in exhibitions in both Berlin, Germany, and Detroit, Michigan, showcasing emerging contemporary artists. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, poet Robert Fanning, and their two small children.
The image of the sculptural installation of "What Should We Do?" on the cover of Robert Fanning's "The Seed
Thieves," made it impossible to resist asking his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, for permission to use
it here. What's stunning about these thirty life-sized gawkers intended to make us question what our responsibility
is, if any, to help or step-in when we see things falling apart before us, is that, in the process of observing
them, we become aware we are watching ourselves stare as if at a life event, an art exhibit (or a poem, maybe?),
wondering how to respond. To see more of Ms. Fanning's work with more about her artistic intention, go
to www.aarontimlin.com, To see the process
of this installation, visit her as part of "The Why Series."
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