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Karen Cauvin Eustis's avatar Karen Cauvin Eustis

I am a New Orleans based sculptress. I chose to work in clay because it unites my interest in human form and spiritual sustenance. The Guardian was conceived in Waveland, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast, when I was mesmerized by dragonflies and envisioned a dragonfly fairy woman. She represents the strength and resilience of the human spirit, attained through experience, introspection and resolution As mystical as my inspiration was, the real work of creating the Guardian was intense and prolonged. Three people modeled for it: my daughter, whose face adorns it; me and a live model. The creation took over two years. It was bronzed using the ancient lost wax process The Guardian was to be delivered to Waveland the day Katrina made landfall there. The irony of the sculpture's inspiration, with its message of hope, and the subsequent disaster in the same place gives this sculpture a level of exceptional relevancy and meaningfulness.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 30 "
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Width: 60 "
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 71 "