NYSEC Ethical member and artist, Bernette Rudolph (www.BernetteRudolph.com) led our group in an abstract sculpture project. Ethics For Children has gotten to know Bernette through the Wonder Friends Project in which she has a code-name, Bunny From Brooklyn. She wrote letters for many weeks with a special young friend, code-named AwesomeSauce23's. Finally, they met and she offered to come spend time with all his pals at NYSEC. She introduced them to abstract sculpture, with her favorite substance: wood.
As a Wonder Friend, Bunny From Brooklyn wrote: "I make art all the time. I cut wood images on a band saw and hang my art on the walls... I actually have two saws. I have a big band saw with a large blade that goes in a circle. I cut very large pieces of Birch wood on this saw. Then I have a scroll saw with a small blade that goes up and down like a sewing machine. On the scroll saw I cut very fine small works. I sometimes make puzzles for children when they visit my art studio.... I teach children art in my studio. We build with wood and cardboard boxes and clay."
Once the sculptures were strong, we got together to paint them. Bernette suggested the powerful choice of painting them all one color, recalling the works of Lousie Nevelson. Here is how they developed! "AwesomeSauce23, please be first and last in our Sculpture Pics!"