Through all the travels and a few storms weathered, Penny Eder always tries to find the whimsical and the natural in her work and life.
How did you find yourself doing the work your are doing?, we asked...
Well... that is a long and interesting story! I have to say that my Dad taught me at an early age to build and make whatever I needed, as he did. My first love is working in concrete as he taught me how to use the leftover cement to make a sculpture. Then when I was building my first house I wanted a concrete floor and tiles so I just made them. I find my art has started as a matter of need/want, and has progressed steadily into what others want ... I see things in nature and want to recreate it into clay or concrete. I think it's an obsession.
I tend to choose mediums that can teach me... I find clay and concrete have a natural ability to emulate the environment, in all its changes; hot and cold; damp and dry. It can be unforgiving if I rush, it can be warm and flowing when I calmly require it. It teaches me patience, it allows me to learn what it needs, and in return, I learn strength from my art. When I am in alignment with the natural world, my art flows and becomes what is in my heart. It surprises me that I haven't learned more.
I am deeply grateful when watching people's eyes light and smiles widen, as they view my works of art.