Sculptor Lise Becu will give a gallery talk at Courthouse Gallery on Wednesday, August 13 at 6pm. Becu will talk about her career and new work, which is currently highlighted at the gallery in a solo exhibition titled Mythical Journey. The event is free and open to the public.
Becu draws on Inuit mythology and her vivid imagination to create stone carvings of animals and people, often with each species intertwined in a storied relationship. Becu, who works in alabaster, granite, or beach stone, will let the stone’s shape dictate the metamorphosis—a pillar of black granite becomes a woman gently sheathed by three great birds; an irregular stone, a chicken; a block of limestone, a boy hugging a rabbit. Becu’s work is in a permanent collection in Kemijarvi, Finland, and in numerous private collections in the U.S. She was the recipient of a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust. Becu graduated from Ecole de Sculpture Surbois in St. Port Joli, Quebec where she studied with reputed sculptor Pier Bourgeault. Later she studied with Sidney Simon at the Arts Students League in New York City and with Joan Esar at the University of Montreal. Becu was born in the town of Chandler in the Gaspe Penninsula, Quebec and lives now in Tenant’s Harbor, Maine. She has participated in cultural exchanges for sculptors in Finland, France, and the 2011 Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium in Maine.