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artist's statement

my violins whirl and dance and my pianos toss their keys in the air. sculptures are living entities to me. each gesture expresses a feeling and each shape has a personality. my sculpture “appassionata” , for example, is writhing on two legs and has wing or flame like appendages that swoop around. it is the image of strong passionate feelings and has a powerful presence in the room it occupies. alternately, my sculpture “bruce” with his antlers and tiny legs is gentle and dignified.

i most often use wood as my medium because it is the body of a tree and communicates a sense of life energy. it is warm and inviting to the touch. i laminate boards together into the shape i want and then carve. the finished surface can be stained, textured or left natural if the grain is very beautiful.

just now i am inspired by the shapes of shells. i’m making large (and small) swirling forms that have an outside shape that flows around in space. they also have an inside chamber that is a holy and secret place. these “shells” are each complete unto themselves but when i put them together in an installation where they interrelate with each other it is like walking through a constellation of worlds.

-    miaoli wood sculpture museum, sanyi, taiwan (5 sculptures)
-    tunghai university,taichung,taiwan (flight of mother theresa)
-    memphis brooks museum of art, memphis, tn, ("tango solo")
-    the ameriway bank, houston, tx, ("the enfoldment")
-    the mobile oil corporation, stockholm, sweden, ("three
-    the northwood institute. collection, west palm beach, fl (wind
     in the trees)
-    hageg�rden music center, edane, sweden, ("nyutsprungen")
-    city of tampa, fl (“underwater ballet” and “sunlight on the
-    tampa water dept. “the waterbearers” (bronze fountain )

public art commissions
-    city of st. petersburg, fl, "the enchanted mangrove forest",
     central avenue) 1995
-    hillsborough county, fl (pavilion floor and history walk ,
     courthouse square, downtown tampa)
-    hillsborough county, fl (“litigation” sculpture, county

-    "the mandala of the holy ones" installation - exhibited at the
     new visions conference -houston, tx;
-    texas a&m university college station, tx; a unitarian church
     and a library in dallas, tx.
-    acquired by world peace center, lincoln, ne, 1987
-    "ten archetypes" installation - exhibited at the sixth texas
     sculpture symposium, san antonio, tx;
-    rachel w. davis gallery; the jung center and an episcopal
     church in houston.

selected exhibitions
two person show, atlantic center for the arts, harris h
     gallery, new smyrna beach, fl  november 2008
-    brevard art museum, 2008 juried exhibition, melbourne, fl
-    2007 exchange exhibition, miaoli wood sculpture museum,
     sanyi, taiwan (11 of my sculptures exhibited )
-    51st fl craftsman exhibit, broward community college, davie,
     fl , 2005
-    florida biennial, deland museum of art, deland, fl. , 2002
-    two person show, brad cooper gallery, tampa, fl, 2002“
-    49th fl craftsmen exhibit, center for the arts, vero beach, fl,
     merit award
-    solo exhibition at donn roll gallery in sarasota, fl, 1996
-    two person show, b.i.g. arts center, sanibel island, fl , 1994
     & 1992
-    solo exhibition, modern art gallery, sarasota, fl , 1994
-    1993 annual juried exhibition, orlando museum of art,
     juror: terrie sultan, curator of contemporary art, corcoran
     gallery, wash. d.c.
-    "mixed media" (a four person show) northwood institute, west
     palm beach, fl ,1991
-    solo exhibition, old government house, augusta, ga , 1990
-    "7 nya", galleri kretsen, s�dert�lje, sweden , 1989
-    solo exhibit, galleri �stermalm, stockholm, sweden
-    “spectrum south: the malone & hyde collection" the tenn.
     state museum, nashville, tn
-    "three artists, three playwrights, three doors" rachel w. davis
     gallery, houston, tx
-    "art south" a biennial exhibition of painting and sculpture.
     memphis, tn ,  juror: john canaday best of show in sculpture.
-    solo exhibition, university of st. thomas, houston, tx
-    solo exhibition, temple junior college, temple, tx
-    “wood in art", the museum of fine arts, houston, tx catalog
-    "doors - houston artists" alley theatre, houston, tx catalog
-    solo exhibition, college of the mainland, texas city, tx

in addition to this i have designed sacred spaces and made furniture and or statues for 46 churches and temples and carved walls for two hospital chapels.

master of fine arts degree in sculpture
, university of illinois, champaign, il, 1974, academic fellowship

bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture
,the cleveland institute of art, cleveland, oh, 1971 , awarded “helen green perry traveling scholarship” and traveled through europe and west africa (across the sahara) looking at art and people.

skowhegan school of painting and sculpture, skowhegan, maine. summer, 1969 , full scholarship.


spring 2009
my sculpture " jack" was featured on the
cover of sculptural pursuit magazine
( spring 2009 edition ) with a seven page article inside.

fall 2008
two person show: november 1 - 22
candace knapp and nancy dillen
harris house gallery,
atlantic center for the arts,
new smyrna beach, fl 

summer 2008
this summer we made a new web site for my newest work. it is

i also started composing music and wrote a children's book. my sculptures were exhibited at the first thursday party ,july 3rd ,at the orlando museum of art and in a juried group show at the brevard museum of art. my hope is to find venues for installations that will incorporate my music with my sculptures.

summer 2007
i was invited to exhibit 11 sculptures at the miaoli museum of wood sculpture, sanyi,  miaoli,  taiwan
pictures for the exhibition 
( click here )



when candace knapp graduated from the cleveland institute of art with a bfa in sculpture, she was awarded a traveling scholarship that enabled her to visit the great museums in europe, to cross the sahara desert and to explore west africa. she returned to the united states to get her master’s degree in sculpture from the university of illinois. after that she drove to houston , texas to seek her fortune as an artist. she had many different jobs including designing furniture and making statues for churches. her sculptures which were shown in galleries dealt with themes of pain, entrapment, liberation, exultation and joy. they were suggestive forms carved in hardwoods that seemed to fly around in the air. one review described them as “a triumph of technical expertise and aesthetic sensitivity.” as time passed she began carving groups of sculptures with philosophical or psychological themes and installations were shown in various venues. one was on a theme of all religions and was called “the mandala of the holy ones” and another was “ten archetypes” and was exhibited at the jung center and rachael davis gallery in houston.

in 1986 she met her future husband ,bj�rn andr�n, and in 1988 she married and moved to sweden. here she made abstracted figures that expressed psychological states. since 1990 she and bj�rn have been living in brandon, florida. candace and bj�rn have worked together on several public art projects including the dueling pair of sculptures called “litigation” at the hillsborough county courthouse, the “history walk” and pavilion floor at courthouse square and the “enchanted mangrove forest” on central avenue in st petersburg. candace has made many sculptures which give the feeling of music by showing the effect of the music upon the enraptured instruments. her recent work includes energetic forms in wood that suggest presence and personality. these sculptures are once again forming themselves into flocks, herds, or groupings which tend toward installation art.

tampa bay, florida.
i complete several private and public commissions each year. if you would like to know more about this or arrange for a studio visit, please e-mail to: candy@candaceknapp.com

cleveland institute of art 
university of illinois

miaoli museum of wood sculpture, sanyi,  miaoli,  taiwan



© 2007 photo + web design, björn andrén, andrén & knapp, www.andoknap.com

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