"Willow Tree is not necessarily a likeness, it's a way of conveying emotion…a reminder of someone we want to keep close, or a memory that we want to touch, or see. I hope that people can recognise subtle expressions or gestures of those they love, and from that, be able to select pieces that are uniquely meaningful for them." Susan Lordi
Willow Tree® was introduced in January 2000. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each Willow Tree® sculpture. Using family and friends as models, Susan tries to capture a moment in time, or express a feeling. Pieces are cast from her original carvings and then individually painted by hand in softly washed colours. Carved and metal accents and representative icons of nature are hallmarks of her work.
The name Willow Tree® was chosen to symbolize that which is gestural and beckoning. The figures are columnar in design, like a tree, and often carry natural objects or animals as metaphors for human virtues or qualities&helliprosemary for remembrance, a bird for healing, flowers for beauty. The sculptures are rendered so as to suggest elegance, simplicity, peace and serenity. Forms reveal their expressions through body gestures only&hellipa tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. Emotions are left to the viewer to discern, which makes them personal and powerful.© 1999–2014 DEMDACO, © 1999–2014 Susan Lordi