I come across a fair amount of gourd art in my research for Daily Art Muse but I have never seen gourd sculptures like Patricia Boyd’s.
These richly detailed, vividly colored figures tell the stories of life on the plains of Kenya and each one has an energy and life force that is palpable.
A Little Day Work
Kindred Spirits II
Beautifully crafted, heads are sculpted from paper clay and body details are carved, dyed and burned into the gourd. Boyd recently retired after a 35 year career as a nurse and physician’s assistant, but continues to call upon her knowledge of the human body when making art. The California artist chooses misshapen, imperfect gourds, often allowing the flaws to become a feature in the sculpt: a small bulge in one becomes the belly button on a pregnant woman, a dent in another highlights the bottom of a child hugging her mother. There are nine pages of images in her portfolio, including new work here and here.
Canteen Gourd With Thumb Piano
Dancing In The Spirit
Women of Struggle
“I see gourds like individual fingerprints. As earth’s original vessels, each grows in its own unique form. I want my work to tell a story and speak to your heart. I don’t look for the perfect shapes when shopping for gourds, I see a potential in almost every gourd because there is so much you can do as you allow your imagination to be free.” Patricia Boyd
Spirit of L.A.
Jus’ Gotta Praise Him
Read an article about Boyd here.