Featured Artist Bonnie Kamhi

Combining figurative sculpture with digital images, artist Bonnie Kamhi creates a unique body of work that celebrates beauty and femininity. Enjoy more of her portfolio by visiting her website.

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“At One with Nature” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

I grew up in New York. As a child I would go to museums and observe art statues. I was drawn to sculptures. My thoughts were always “I wish I could do that.”

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Rebirth” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

Throughout my life, I have always done some form of art. It keeps me in “my happy place.”

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Awakening” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

I was living in New Jersey when I took my first figurative clay sculpting class with a model at The Visual Art Center of New Jersey. When I’m sculpting, I’m feeling the clay and am totally focused. I lose my sense of time.

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Born Free” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

I took a jewelry-making class at the same time I was taking my sculpting class. There, I made a mask in precious metal clay. When fired, the clay becomes pure silver. I put the mask on my sculpture, and it gave my sculpture its own story.

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Reflecting” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

This opened my world to a lot of possibilities. It was also the beginning of my storytelling.

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Devoured in Nature” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

During the time that I was taking these classes, I traveled to Europe. Seeing Michelangelo’s work, including his sculpture of David, his Pieta in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Madonna of Bruges, influenced my style. I was truly in awe of the detail and the narrative of these sculptures.

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Reflections” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

I wanted to make my sculptures into bronzes, but it was expensive. The foundry told me that to make it less costly, I would have to redesign my pieces with less or no negative space. If I did that, the price would come down, but it would still be expensive.

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Rose Amongst Thorns” sculpture and digital photography, various sizes

 

Doing that would mean changing my design and basically who I am and what I do as an artist. I could not compromise my style—I wanted to keep making sculptures for me. Now that I knew I could not reproduce my sculptures in bronze, I became a partner in a stone carving studio and began teaching figurative clay sculpting.

 

Black and White photograph of a sculpture of a female nude and flowers by Bonnie Kamhi

“Immersed in Beauty” sculpture and digital photography, Various Sizes

 

One day I had an epiphany. I decided to photograph my sculptures and digitally combine them with photographs I had taken of flowers and nature. Flowers are a symbol of femininity, and it made sense to incorporate both. Combining the female form with the lushness and beauty of nature seemed only natural.

 

Artist Bonnie Kamhi in her studio

Artist Bonnie Kamhi in her studio

 

All of my sculptures are meant to stir up the emotions of my audience. To the world we are perceived one way, but inside we may feel another way. Many of the figures in my sculptures have their eyes closed. Our eyes are windows to our soul. With our eyes closed, no one really knows what is stirring within us.

 

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Comments

  1. Stunning work! Bonni, I am thrilled for your success and this new journey which brings joy to all. Lisa Freidus😍

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