Susan Lordi lives in the Midwest but is an artist whose work has been displayed and recognized around the world. She has received artistic acclaim for her innovative use of fibers and has been catalogued in a book highlighting textile art. And yet, her broadest recognition has come through her line of Christian figurine which are sold under the name Willow Tree ®.
Sculptures Reflect Common Themes
Willow Tree ® sculptures reflect Lordi’s own passions: family, friends and the natural world around her. The popular pieces, though often small in size, depict feelings and relationships that are shared by all humanity and therefore transcend barriers of culture, ethnicity or language. Statuettes of mothers and children, fathers and children, moms and dads, people in prayer and friends supporting one another are common.
The Message is up to You
Lordi explains that her deepest feelings sometimes escape words. That’s when she turns to art. With her sculptures Lordi endeavors to create pieces that evoke sentiment and reflect personal connections but which are still open to interpretation. This desire for others to attach specific meaning and significance to her figures is also behind the blank faces on each of her Willow Tree ® pieces. It’s a technique she gleaned from seeing dolls without facial features handcrafted by the Amish community.
Lordi has spent years observing and capturing the lines of the human body. She says that even early school notebooks are peppered with drawings and sketches of the human form. She has taken that lifelong fascination with humanity and turned two dimensional renderings into three dimensional Christian figurines. All of the Willow Tree sculptures are colored with muted tones of brown and ivory so that the greatest attention centers on what is happening with the figures.
Elements of Nature in Each Piece
In addition to her depiction of close person-to-person relationships Lordi also likes to weave items from nature into her sculptures. Many times Lordi merges the human figure and the nature element until at some point the two become indistinguishable from one another. Again, this is a reflection of Lordi’s own deep interest in and love for nature.
In fact, the name Willow Tree ® was chosen because of Lordi’s great admiration for trees. She says that the willow tree is a particular favorite because it gracefully bends before the wind and also because of its capacity to self-heal.
Whether you are looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift, birthday present, anniversary token or wedding gift, there is sure to be a Willow Tree ® sculpture that captures your intention. The Printery House is an online Christian gift store which offers a wide selection of Willow Tree ® figurines including some which are musical. Visit today and find the one which speaks to you or tells someone else how you feel.
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