Medium: Stainless Steel, Fused Glass and Bronze
Dimensions: 5’ 7” high, 3’ by 4’ base
Location: 4th Ave and Main Street, Downtown Hillsboro
Exhibition: Winter 2016 – Winter 2018
Walking Warrior stands at 5’7”, the same height as artist Sharon Agnor, and explores Agnor’s battle with stage 3 breast cancer. “I was looking for a way to process what it felt like; the pain and recovery and healing that comes with having cancer,” Agnor shared. “One year, my daughter was participating in the Race for the Cure, and mentioned to me ‘Mom, you can tell who the survivors are – they walk like warriors.’ It was immediate inspiration for the piece.”
Agnor began working as a sculptural artist after taking a welding class at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington in 1998. Since then, she has been creating and displaying public work in the Pacific Northwest, including temporary exhibitions for Walking Warrior in Lake Oswego, OR and Auburn, WA.
Agnor explores the effect of life's unpredictable events on the human form and spirit. She states, “Our ability to sustain loss and heal is both amazing and central to our existence. The stories of these events, both joyous and tragic, are carried within our forms.” Agnor delights in using materials that are affected dramatically when they are subjected to extreme heat and intelligent design. With steel, bronze, and glass, Agnor sees a parallel between how real life and the process these materials undergo as they are transformed from basic elements into an instrument of meaning.
Artist Website: www.sharonwarmanagnor.com/
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