Survival of Serena

A new phenomenal sculpture by Carole Feuerman in the Piazzetta of Capri

From the moment of its installation, people can not stop photographing the American artist's sculpture or asking to be photographed close to "her" with the backdrop of the majestic Mount Solaro.

Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealist sculpture. Together with Hanson and De Andrea, Feuerman is one of the three leaders that started the Hyperrealism movement in the late seventies by making sculptures portraying their models in a life-like manner. Feuerman’s prolific career spans over four decades and seven continents. She has had nine museum retrospectives and four catalogue raisonnés published. She has exhibited four times in the prestigious Venice Biennale and her works are exhibited in private collections, galleries, parks, and museums worldwide.

Carole A. Feuerman bases her swimming series on her childhood beach excursions in Long Island, where she would focus on the patterns of droplets that formed on her skin, and how there seemed something so harmonious about the act of a body dipping into and out of the water. Since 1958, she concentrated on swimmers and figures with water elements. Through these sculptures, she could explore classicism and beauty. Feuerman does not reject the concept of beauty, but embraces it and portrays it with her swimmers, who show emotion, joy, grace, tranquility, and sensuality. They are satisfied with life and moreover, they are survivors. Her swimmers have their own personalities and tell their own stories; sometimes autobiographical and sometimes stories she just need to tell.  While their outward appearance is often one of beauty and tranquility, these elegant faces mask a deeper meaning of heroism, triumph, and liberation. Their titles are derived from islands around the world that the artist has visited and gained inspiration from over the years. After 56 years of creating swimmers, Feuerman continues to be fascinated with the figure in the water. She loves the mechanics of water and its presence as an enduring symbol for life. The symbolism of water is far-reaching and profoundly deep. Water cleanses and purifies. Water touches all people, animals and things. Water connects one land to another. Water moistens and revives.

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