Sculptor Carolyn Sato Comes to the Coast
Published: 02/28/2011 Updated: 06/20/2019
"Flow of Life," a bronze sculpture by Carolyn Sato incorporates a variety of patinas and a polished orb of carnelian.
The sculpture work of artist Carolyn Sato incorporates bronze with a variety of textures, patinas and the occasional well-placed gemstone.
Arizona artist Carolyn Sato's artwork has arrived at the Oregon Coast. Relatively new to sculpture, Sato describes her style as earthy, fluid and sensual. Her work utilizes flowing lines, abstract and organic shapes and combinations of bronze and gem stones like carnelian, chrysocolla and malachite. Sato first discovered her love for creating sculpture while studying art in college in Minnesota. Her time living in Japan offered her art a sense of grounded nature, giving the artist an opportunity to practice traditional Japanese concepts and to gain an acute awareness of the importance of negative space, as well as an understanding of the perfection that exists in imperfection. These concepts, like seeds, have grown to be an integral part of her art today. Her creative process, according to Sato, is "a powerful soul journey" in which she is grateful to be able to participate. The journey to a finished piece is long and painstaking for Sato, a design concept sometimes taking months or even years to bring to fruition. In Sato's work, there exists a range of color and texture, the high-shine of polished bronze contrasting with multi-colored and textured patinas. This piece, "Flow of Life," illustrates well her masterful work with patinas and texture. "Sato's work is refined and compelling," said Talley Woodmark from Silver Heron Gallery in Depoe Bay, "and we are looking forward to being part of her career as it evolves." Sato's work is available at Silver Heron Gallery, 15 SE Bay Street in Depoe Bay (541) 765-2886. Her work can also be seen at Bronze Coast Gallery, 224 N Hemlock in Cannon Beach (503) 436-1055