Donna Conklin King

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Donna is fascinated with the designs and patterns found in food containers and their potential to symbolically speak about the environment and its influence on our bodies and natural resources: the decline of the honeybee populations and polluted water are examples. Concrete is poured into the containers; the resulting forms are carved or elements are added. The presence of the human body is evident, both it’s emptiness or entrapment. Other times the material and shape of the container influence the resulting form, manipulating, bending or cutting the container before casting it, to emphasize or obliterate the original shape and memory of its contents. Using white Portland cement these forms resemble bones and fossils, alluding to history and archaeology.

Donna Conklin King is a Sculptor living and working in Essex County, New Jersey. Her Public Sculpture and Mosaic work can be found at The Wildflower Sculpture Park in The South Mountain Reservation, and the Turtleback Zoo in Essex County, New Jersey. She is the recipient of a Fellowship in Sculpture from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a 2018 Creative Capital Professional Development Program recipient and a Vermont Studio Center Residency. Donna has exhibited her work internationally and regionally, with solo shows at Index Art Center in Newark, Johnson and Johnson in New Brunswick and the Educational Testing Center in Princeton. Her work is in multiple private and public collections including the Artist Book Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, the Newark Public Library Special Collections and Skidmore College Art Collection. Donna has a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Skidmore College, held a foundry apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier, and was an artist’s assistant before receiving a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Art.

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