Figurative Sculpture

Dayle Sundberg

Artist Statement

The song “I Hope You Dance” is an inspiring factor in my work. Working through my own bouts of depression, grief, trauma, and stressful events I found hope again through determination, hard work, friends, and art. By talking and sharing with others my experiences of depression and grief, I have had many people approach me and express their feelings of despair and fear. Some asking where they can go for help to get better.  Through my experiences I have gained many close friends, an excellent support system, and developed ways for others to use art for their positive mental health journey. If I would have covered it all up and appeared normal through it all, would I be as strong as I am today? Would I be here today, would I have hope today? My art is my therapy and my way of expressing to others that they too can go through challenging events, and still have hope.

The goal of my art is to create a dialog among the viewers and to encourage them to talk about their personal losses, their illnesses, anger, family issues and stressors.  Do you cover up your feelings to appear normal or do you face the feelings and uncover them? What is normal?  Do you cover up a subject to cover it or should you uncover it and reveal it to others?

The artists that inspire me are all sculptors, Auguste Rodin, Alexander Calder, Manuel Neri, and George Segal.  Neri and Segal are the main influence for the plaster pieces in the exhibit, after seeing the expressive qualities Neri used with his life-size female figures by using texture and bright slashes of color. I was inspired to find my own voice by using the female form.

I create my works by using the same technique of body casting as Segal and the heavy texture of Neri, however, my colors come from burning each sculpture with fabric.  In each piece I burned, it became a ritual type of event, symbolic of releasing the hurt into the flames, a healing process of sorts.  If you are to touch the pieces, you will feel the harsh textures and beaten areas. Hidden through the flame-colored marks are soft, subtle areas that are sensuous, smooth and indicate hope and peace that is within us all.

 

What does it take to hope?

Can you have hope without faith, humility, and wonder?  Can you reveal your hope?

 I hope you dance.

Dayle Sundberg

Exposed Hope
2018

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Forsaken Again
2015

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Requiem
2018

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Willful: Or Not
2011

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Limbo
2011

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Directions
2005

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Duality [Bronze]
2005

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Cold Shoulder
2005

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Serenity Box 2
2015

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Kathy’s Story
2013

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Fallen
2005

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Broken Honor
2005

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Contemplation
2005

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On The Edge
2003

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Grip
2005

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Provenance
2005

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Tamar’s Box
2005

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Mirrored
2011

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Forsaken
2005

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Gemini
2005

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Prevail
2005

Exhibits & Collections

Avera Missouri River Health Center and Hospital – Gettysburg, SD – 2021

Project Ms.: Assembled Reformation – Univeristy of South Dakota – 2020

Solo Exhibit –  The Barn on Custer Avenue –  Gettysburg, SD – 2019

Paul Nelson Farm –  Gettysburg, SD – 2019

Granary Harvest of Art Exhibit – Webster, SD – 2014

Cottonwood Coffee House –  Brookings, SD – 2011

Habitat for Humanity Exhibit and Acution – Brookings, SD – 2011

Brookings Arts Council Juried Exhibit –  Brookings, SD – 2011

Goss Opera House Solo Exhibit – Watertown, SD –  2011

Washington Pavilion Arts Night Juried Exhibit & Auction – Sioux Falls, SD – 2010

Washington Pavilion Arts Night Juried Exhibit & Silent Auction – Sioux Falls, SD – 2008

Chasing Winter’s Blues, Horse Barn Arts Center Juried Exhibit – Sioux Falls, SD – 2006

Endless Possibilities, the SD Governor’s 2nd Biennial Art Exhibition –  Traveling Exhibit, SD – 2006

Numerous Private Home Installations and Commission, SD – present

Want to start your own healing journey using art?

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Classes and 1:1 Coaching

Why be normal any more?

I will help you express your deepest, darkest fears in a safe and creative space so you can find confidence and peace.

Mailing Address

905 East Garfield Avenue
Gettysburg, SD 57442, USA
(605) 769-0811

Email

creating@daylesundberg.com

Open Hours

Monday - Friday: By appointment
Weekends: By appointment
Holidays: Close

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